The mission of Safe Sleep Mississippi is to eliminate infant deaths in Mississippi from SIDS and sleep related accidents like suffocation. We are working so every family knows how to keep their baby safe while sleeping and has a safe place for their baby to sleep.
Our vision is for every baby in Mississippi to celebrate its first birthday.
Why Safe Sleep Program
Creating a safe sleep environment for your baby will help prevent the risk of SIDS and SUID.
Many preventable cases of SUID are the result of unsafe sleeping practices such as co-sleeping or bed sharing, stomach sleep position and an unsafe sleep environment
Co-sleeping or bed sharing increase the infants’ risks of being accidentally suffocated because the baby can become wedged between the bed and an object, covered by the bedding, or rolled on by an adult or child with whom the bed is shared.
ABC’s of Safe Sleep
Babies should not sleep with adults, other children, or pets. No pillows, blankets, soft toys, or crib bumpers should be in the sleep area.
Place baby on his or her back to sleep at nap time and at night to prevent choking.
Babies should sleep in either a crib, bassinet, or pack-n-play. Babies should not sleep in an adult bed, couch, or chair.
Do not smoke or allow others to smoke around the baby.
Unsafe Sleep Environments
Unsafe sleep environments includes any surface that is not designed for an infant, bedding, bumpers or toys and blankets in the crib or an unsafe mattress or crib.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies always be placed on their backs to sleep unless otherwise instructed by a physician.