The first step in keeping your sleeping child safe is to provide a safe sleeping environment. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib that meets all current Federal and ASTM standards. Look for the “JPMA Certified” label. All Delta Children products including cribs, bassinets, play yards and mattresses meet or exceed current safety standards. Our cribs are rigorously tested in our state-of-the-art testing facility to insure that they provide your child with the safest sleeping environment possible.
The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib. Cover the mattress with only a tight-fitting crib sheet. Do not put anything soft, loose or fluffy in your baby's sleep space. This includes pillows, adult blankets, comforters, soft or pillow-like bumpers, stuffed animals and other soft items. Make sure your baby doesn't get too warm during sleep, do not over-bundle your infant.
Use lightweight sleep clothing and keep the room at a temperature that would be comfortable for a lightly clothed adult. Use a sleep sack or baby blanket instead of adult blankets or comforters to keep your baby warm and safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants less than 9 months should be placed to sleep on his or her back. Please consult with your pediatrician. In order to minimize plagiocephaly (flat head), supervised awake tummy time is recommended. Do not use wedges or positioners to prop your baby up or keep him/her on their back.
Place the crib away from of any windows, cords, blinds, pictures and/or hanging wall items. Never place the crib near a radiator or heating source. Use cordless baby monitors when possible. Never place baby monitors with cords on or near the crib since babies can get tangled in them.
Falling asleep with your baby in bed or on a couch or armchair is dangerous. During the first few months, it is recommended that infants room-share with the mother. Place your baby in a separate, safe sleep space as a bassinet, near your bed to help make nursing easier. Do not co-sleep with your baby – room share instead.
Never place your baby to sleep on top of any soft surface. This includes adult beds, waterbeds, pillows, cushions, comforters and sheepskins – this is dangerous and can be a suffocation hazard.