Safe Sleep Education

What is Safe Sleep?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. This is what you can do to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS.

To Create a Safe Sleep Environment

  • 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.
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • 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

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Press release

Benewah Community Hospital – Gold Champion in educating parents and staff on safe sleep.

Benewah Community was recently recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Gold Champion for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. They are one of the first hospital’s in the State of Idaho to receive this. For more information, please download our press release.