Safe to Sleep – Reducing the risk for sleep-related causes of infant death

Baby sleeping on his back in an otherwise empty cribThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Back to Sleep campaign in 1994 to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The campaign name was derived from the recommendation to place healthy infants on their backs to sleep, a practice proven to reduce SIDS risk. In recent years, NIH has learned that many of the risk factors for SIDS are similar to those for other sleep-related causes of infant death such as suffocation and thus decided to change the campaign name to “Safe to Sleep” to encompass all sleep-related causes of infant death. Learn more about the campaign.

Healthy Child Care of America has hosted two safe sleep webinars.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) New Crib Standards for Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Homes

Cribs are an important part of a child’s sleep environment.  By December 28, 2012, all child care facilities and family child care homes must use compliant cribs that meet the new federal safety standards that are issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

Effective June 28, 2011, all cribs manufactured and sold (including resale) are required to comply with the new standards. The new rules, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, prohibited the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, improve the quality of hardware and require more rigorous testing.

Child Care Development Fund Information Memorandum, IM (include date and number)

CPSC has created a Crib Information Center website, where you can find detailed information about the latest crib standards, videos, and free flyers.

Crib Information Center
Centro de Información sobre Cunas

The New Crib Standard, Questions and Answers
La Nueva Norma para Cunas: Preguntas y Respuestas