In 2008, the Healthy Start Coalition entered into a partnered with the Cribs for Kids® Program administrated by SIDS of Pennsylvania. The Safe-Sleep initiative was created because of the number of infant deaths attributed to unsafe sleep practices.
When funding is available, Healthy Start provides a safe place for newborns to sleep by distributing Cribs for Kids® pack and plays. Caregivers are required to watch a safe sleep educational video and receive written safe sleep educational material. They are also verbally instructed on all safe-sleep guidelines.
Guidelines for Parents and Caregivers:
- The safest way for your baby to sleep is alone, on the back, in a crib.
- The baby’s crib should have a firm mattress, closely fitted to the sides of the crib, and a tight-fitting sheet.
- Don’t over-dress or over-bundle the baby. One light cover, tucked at the bottom and sides of the crib should be enough. Allow no covers near the baby’s head. Use no pillows, bumpers, or toys.
- Never let a baby fall asleep ANYWHERE with someone who is smoking, is tired or ill, has taken medications that cause drowsiness, has been drinking alcohol, or is extremely overweight.
- A baby should sleep in a smoke-free home.
- Breastfeeding has important health benefits for babies, but do it safely. When breastfeeding, make sure you are sitting up and are in a position that will allow you to stay awake. Consider using a timer or alarm that you set to go off 10-15 minutes after you begin breastfeeding. When finished, return the baby to the crib.