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Is your baby sleeping safely? Tips to reduce the risk of SIDS

October marks Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month and is the perfect time to remind parents and caregivers the importance of infant sleep safety.

SIDS, the sudden and unexplained death of an infant less than one year of age, is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one year old. While the SIDS rate has declined in New Jersey and the nation in recent years, it is still extremely important to remind families of the risk associated with infant sleep and ways to prevent these tragedies.

Follow and share these easy and potentially life saving tips:

1.Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep
2.Use a firm mattress in a safety-approved crib
3.Remove pillows, stuffed animals, quilts and blankets from crib
4.Do not let your baby sleep in an adult bed and/or with you
5.Do not let anyone smoke near your baby

For a complete list of safe sleep tips visit the New Jersey Department of Health SIDS site.

Tummy Time and breastfeeding can also improve infant health and decrease the risk of SIDS.

Check out the Safe to Sleep Campaign of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to learn more about SIDS.