What to Do – Safe Sleep Spaces

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a firm, flat sleep surface for your baby. A cribportable cribbassinet, or play yard that follows the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. The mattress should be covered by a tightly fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area.

When using a crib, portable crib, bassinet, or play yard, it is recommended that you:

  • Check CPSC’s recall list to make sure that it has not been recalled.
  • Set it up according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check it often to make sure all the hardware is secured tightly and that no parts are damaged, loose or missing.
  • Make sure the sheet isn’t too tight. The sheet should not cause the edges of the mattress to curl or pull up. If you have difficulty finding a sheet that fits properly, contact the manufacturer.
  • Use the correct mattress and check its fit regularly.

You can find more information on the CPSC Safe to Sleep® Crib Information Center.

Since 2010, 810 babies have died in Michigan due to sleep-related deaths.  In 2015, 159 infants in Michigan died due to sleep-related deaths.

Nearly 44% of infants who died of sleep-related causes were found on their stomach and 11% were found on their side.

In 2015, approximately 60% of the infants that died involved suffocation hazards present in the sleep environment, such as blankets (84%), pillows (25%), bumper pads (15%) and stuffed toys (5%).


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