Help for parents

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents follow these guidelines to provide a safe sleep environment:

- Always place the child on his or her back for sleep.

- Place the child in a crib, bassinette, cradle or co-sleeper, never in an adult bed.

- Use a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and fitted sheet.

- Don't place any soft bedding inside the crib.

- Keep the room at a comfortable temperature to prevent overheating.

- Never allow smoking around the child.

- Put the baby to sleep with a pacifier. If parents choose to co-sleep, Attachment

Parenting International advises the following:

- Always place the child on his or her back.

- Don't sleep with your baby if you're on any medications or have been drinking or taking drugs.

- Don't sleep with your baby on a couch, sofa, chair or waterbed.

- Use a large bed with a firm mattress that fits snugly against the rail or is flush against a wall.

- Do not use fluffy bedding or have stuffed animals in the bed.

- Place the baby next to mother, not between mother and father.

- Use safety measures such as side rails, bed extenders and safe placement of the family bed. Fill in any crevice with a rolled-up baby blanket or towel.

- Never leave a baby unattended in an adult bed.

- Do not allow baby sitters or older siblings to sleep with baby.