Baby Safety Checklist

Crib Safety: Use a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. If possible, securely placed fasteners for the sheet are desirable (they are usually sold in the safety/child proofing sections of the children’s department of retail stores and catalogues). Remove all soft bedding, including comforters, crib bumper railings, pillows, stuffed animals, sheepskins, and any other loose or fluffy bedding or décor.

How to dress your baby:The general guideline is to dress a baby exactly as you would dress yourself. If you are unsure of your baby’s body temperature, place your hand directly on your baby’s stomach- rather than their hands. If your baby’s stomach feels chilly, add a layer of clothing (not a blanket). If your baby feels too warm, or appears sweaty or flushed, remove a layer of clothing. Outside of illness, using a Pampersack™ and regulating your nursery’s temperature (see “Nursery Temperature” below) is the best bet for keeping them at a comfortable, consistent temperature all night long.

Nursery Temperature:The most comfortable, safe temperature for the nursery is between 64-68ºF. An inexpensive thermometer will help you keep the nursery temperature regulated & putting your child to sleep in Pampersack™ means their body temperature will remain consistent all night long.

Proper Sleeping position:As a result of extensive research, The American Academy of Pediatrics, National Institute of Child and Human Development and most other major health entities currently recommend that healthy babies be placed to sleep on their backs. Some babies have health problems that call for them to sleep on their stomachs. If your baby was born with a birth defect, spits up often after eating, or has a breathing, lung, or heart problem, you should talk to your doctor about the best sleep position for your baby.

SIDS prevention:Sadly, until we understand much more about what causes SIDS (sudden infant death sydrome), it is not preventable. Because certain factors have been shown to be possibly related to SIDS, the CPSC, as well as the AAP and the NICHD have released the following recommendations:
· Place baby on his/her back on a firm, tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards.
· Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib for better prevention.
· Consider using a sleeper as an alternative to blankets with no other covering.
· If using a blanket, put baby with its feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, only as far as the baby’s chest.
· Make sure your baby’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
· Do not place baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow or other soft surface to sleep.

Recalls:For the latest info on recalls of dangerous products, visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov and click on the “recalls/news” link. You can search by product type, product description, or company name