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Congratulations on giving birth to your wonderful baby! We know that you and other family members want what is best for your baby! We also understand that taking care of your baby might pose certain questions.

  1. Always place the baby on the back to sleep because that is the safest sleep position.

  2. Close but separate - Keep your baby’s sleep area close to you but separate from where you and others sleep.

  3. Firm mattress and alone – remove all soft surfaces, such as toys, pillows, and wedges from the crib. Please ask others not to place any loose items in the baby’s crib.

Why do we ask you and other caretakers to remember these points?

Because infant sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of deaths in an infant before 1 year old. The term we use to describe these sudden and unexpected deaths is called sudden unexpected infant death (SIDS or SUIDS). These deaths often happen during sleep or in the baby’s sleep area.

Sudden unexpected infant deaths include sudden infant death syndrome, accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment, and other deaths from unknown causes.

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