Safe Sleep Program

Our Safe Sleep Program trains law enforcement, first responders, EMS, caseworkers, and advocates who respond to homes, and are in a position to identify and address unsafe sleeping conditions that pose a threat to infant health and safety.

 

What our trainings cover:

First Responders will…

  • Understand the role suffocation plays in infant sleep-related death
  • Be comfortable in their knowledge and ability to provide safe sleep guidance to families and caregivers
  • Be able to identify and evaluate unsafe sleep environments as a risk factor for suffocation
  • Be able to relay information about safe sleep practices to families
  • Be able to identify and refer individuals to resources for safe sleep

In 2018 in Arizona, the leading cause of accidental death for infants 1 month to 1 year old was suffocation.

Do’s & Don’ts of Safe Sleep

DO:

  • Have a separate sleeping space for the baby
  • Place babies to sleep in a crib or bassinet
  • Place babies on their back every time – at night and for naps
  • Give babies space to breathe – no pillows, bumpers, blankets, or toys in the crib

DON’T:

  • Share a bed with your baby
  • Let babies sleep in a cluttered crib or bassinet
  • Let babies sleep on their side or on their stomach
  • Let babies sleep on unsafe sleep surfaces such as couches and chairs, or in places that are not designed for a baby

 

Resources for Parents:

Need a Baby Box? Children’s Advocacy Center Southern Arizona – 520-724-5444

Need a Crib? www.Cribsforkids.org  or 1-888-721-CRIB

Mother to Baby: Medications, pregnancy & Breastfeeding, Ask the experts.  –  1-888-285-3410   www.mothertobaby.org

Birth to Five Help Line: “Nothing out of the question”  –  1-877-705-KIDS

Infant Starter Kit:  https://www.firstthingsfirst.org/resources/parent-kit/

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:  https://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov/

More on Suffocation Prevention: www.safekids.org