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New Guidelines for Safe Sleeping for Babies

Safe Sleeping for Babies

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When it comes to a baby's health, parents can't always be in control -- but there are ways to eliminate the risks of a new-born getting hurt.

Cases of sudden infant death syndrome have declined drastically in the last few years but there are new guidelines for how babies should sleep.

Child safety experts say they've seen a rise in suffocation, entrapment and asphyxia in infants, which has led to new guidelines for sleep safety. And they say it's as easy as learning your A-B-C's.

"A-B-C's would mean alone, on their back and in a crib," says April Rabideaux, a Sanford Health Child Safety Technician.

She says babies should always be sleeping alone in a crib. It avoids cases of trapping infants between bed mattresses and head-boards and parents rolling over new-borns in their sleep.

"What adult who's carrying for an infant isn't tired?" Rabideaux says. "Especially if they are exhausted. They're not aware."

As for what's in the crib, she says all you need is a fitted sheet -- and nothing else.

"We don't want to see bumpers, blankets, stuffed animals or anything plushy in the curb with them," she says.

Experts says blankets can sometimes rise and increase the risk of suffocating a baby. Instead, try using a sleep-sack, which is closed and zipped in the bottom. While years ago, there were concerns about babies choking when sleeping on their backs, new studies show otherwise.

"Wen they sleep on their back, not only is that not a concern, it does allow air-way to remain open," Rabideaux says.

It's a few easy steps for parents to gain a peace of mind, so you and your baby can get a good night's sleep.

"The crib is the only place you're leaving your baby unattended for several hours at a time, so they really need to be the safest place for them," April says.

Child safety experts add cribs manufactured before June of last year do not meet new safety guidelines. They recommend parents buying new cribs if they can to avoid any risks.

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