NEWS | December 2, 2016

UC Davis Children's Hospital supports safe sleep practices


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Safe sleep practices include having a baby sleep alone in a crib on his or her back.

Every year in the United States, 3,400 infants die of sleep-related causes. In Sacramento County, one infant every other week dies, due to their sleep environment.

Many are suffocated by blankets or pillows in their bed, or are crushed when a parent accidentally rolls over on their infant. Others sustain injury when they fall out of a bed that they share with a parent.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is working in conjunction with the Child Abuse Prevention Center to promote safe sleep practices, including the ABC's of safe sleep:

A is for alone: The baby should sleep alone - not co-sleeping with a parent or siblings.

B is for back: The baby should be laying on his or her back.

C is for crib: The baby should sleep in a crib, bassinet or cradle - not sharing a bed with a parent.

Other safety tips include:

  • Do not overdress the baby.
  • Do not put anything in the baby's sleep area. No crib bumpers, stuffed animals, loose blankets or pillows.
  • Do not smoke anything around the baby.
  • Parents are invited to bring their baby's crib or bassinet near their own bed. This is co-rooming, not co-sleeping.
  • Use a sleep sack.

In 2017, UC Davis Children's Hospital will provide sleep sacks for all infants in the hospital and health care providers have been trained in safe sleep practices. Thanks to a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals grant, all infants will also receive a complimentary sleep sack when they are discharged to go home.

View the ABC10 60-second spot about infant safe sleep practices.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only Level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit