An Article in the Woodbury Bulletin provides excellent information for all new parents about babies and the importance of creating a safe environment for infants for sleeping.

In November the Mn Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services marked Infant Safe Sleep Week (Nov 5-11) by encouraging parents to know the ABC’s of safe sleep.

New data shows unsafe sleep environments are the reason for nearly all sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDS deaths) in Minnesota.

The ABC’s are:

• Alone – Infants should always sleep or nap alone;
• Back – Infants should always be put on their back to sleep or nap; and
• Crib- Babies should always sleep or nap in a safety-approved crib or play yard.

Parents can generally learn safe sleep practices from hospitals before they even take their baby home.

As an experienced child care provider with 25 years of experience providing quality infant care, we can attest to the fact, that more and more, infants have a difficult time transitioning to child care from the first 6-12 weeks at home because sleep practices in child care centers absolutely adhere to these ABC’s, and often at home, infants are sleeping on parents, in swings or car seats or other devices that are not approved for “safe sleep.”

Babies truly need to have restful sleep, and if they are not accustomed to sleeping on their back, alone, and in a crib, the transition to child care can be very difficult for them. Just like older children and adults, if babies are sleep deprived because every time they are moved to a crib or allowed to be alone – they wake up!

Health department analysis of sudden unexpected infant deaths in 2015 found that 53 of the 54 deaths that happened while infants slept, happened in unsafe sleep sleep environments.

When children start in child daycare, if they’ve had a good solid start to sleeping on their own, on their backs, in a crib…it’s so helpful to make the transition to “school” one that allows them to continue getting good quality sleep.