October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month, and according to the CDC, about 3,400 babies die every year from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), many in unsafe sleep environments.
Follow the ABCs of safe sleep at every sleep time: 1) Baby is Alone and has their own separate sleep space. 2) Baby is placed to sleep on their Back, and 3) baby sleeps in a Crib, play yard or bassinet that meets the federal safety standard. There should be nothing in the crib except for a tight fitting mattress with a fitted sheet. Use cribs that were made after June 28, 2011 (when federal safety standards were put into place).
KID was founded in 1998 by the parents of Danny Keysar, who died in his Chicago childcare facility when a recalled portable crib collapsed around his neck. In light of Danny’s story, KID is committed to fighting for the safety of all children’s products, but especially products designed for sleep. Check your products for recalls at the CPSC’s website.
The recent Boppy lounger recall after eight reported infant deaths is a tragic reminder of products that should not be used for infant sleep. Then-acting Chairman of the CPSC Robert Adler stated “Loungers and pillow-like products are not safe for infant sleep, due to the risk of suffocation. Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time – even in products not intended for sleep – and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”
Watch and share KID’s safe sleep video for more safety tips.