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Infant Safe Sleep

National Safe Sleep Certification Program


BCMC is a Silver Level Safe Sleep Hospital

Bradley County Medical Center is proud to be a Silver Level Safe Sleep Hospital certified by, which means that BCMC has done all of the following:
Implement hospital or hospital system-wide Infant Safe Sleep Policy.
Deliver safe sleep healthcare team member training to nursing staff caring for patients less than one-year-old.
Provide safe sleep education to family/caregivers of infants less than one-year-old.
Provide safe sleep education on the hospital website.
Hospital-wide imagery must meet American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) compliance.
Hospital-wide wearable blanket distribution: In-house use AND/OR gifted to infants less than one year.
Alternative initiative to wearable blanket distribution: implement house-wide safe sleep education to every hospital employee.
Implement Quality Improvement Initiative via unit-based Safe Sleep compliance audits.

Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines

There are about 3,400 sleep-related deaths among US babies each year according to the CDC. Here are some guidelines to make sure your babe is sleeping safely.
Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended.
Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
Keep your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infants first year). Room sharing not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib for sleep.
Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby's sleep area.
Wedges and positioners should not be used.
Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
Breastfeed your baby.
Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established.
Supervised Skin to Skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth regardless of feeding or delivery, (as soon as mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and to continue for at least an hour. Once mother starts to get sleepy, return baby to bassinet.
Follow health care provider guidance on your baby's vaccines and regular health checkups.

More Resources

Please visit these sites for more resources on how to make sure your baby sleeps safely.
CribsForKids.org
Safe to Sleep (NIH)
Charlie's Kids Videos
SafeKids.org

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