You'd think the safest place for that new baby is at home in their own crib, but there are more than 10,000 crib deaths every year in this country. According to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, most of those could be prevented by taking simple steps in the nursery. "It's very important when you bring the baby home from the hospital that you place the child on it's back. It's really the best position for a baby to sleep," says Linda Brees of the Safe Kids Campaign.
Linda says another problem that may lead to sudden infant death syndrome is blankets or bumpers in the crib that look pretty, but may end up suffocating a child. Even mattress covers should be removed from the crib and replaced with tight fitting sheets.
If you must use a blanket, Brees recommends you cover the lower half of the body. She says, parents should resist the urge to let their baby sleep in bed with them. You may think you hardly move when you sleep, but there's always that chance you might roll just enough to block a child's breathing.
If you'd like more information on preventing SIDS, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has plenty of help available online, just ( click here).