Forrest General Hospital’s Women & Children’s Services Promote the ABCs of Safe Sleep for Newborns

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (October 27, 2021) You’ve got a new baby in your house, and there’s nothing more precious for both baby and tired parents than sleep. If you are new to swaddling, changing diapers and feedings during the wee morning hours, you’re probably also new to how to safely put your baby down to sleep.

Forrest General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Services encourages safe sleep and aims to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which is defined as a sudden or unexplained death in children 12 months or younger. During October, SIDS Awareness Month, Forrest General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Services wants to make sure parents and caregivers know the safest way to provide a good night’s sleep for their bundle of joy.

Use the ABCs of Safe Sleep, quick and easy tips to remember when putting a baby to sleep. It is recommended that these rules be followed until the baby is at least one year old.

  • A: All babies need to be placed ALONE in their bed
  • B: Babies need to be placed on their BACK for all sleep times – naps and at night
  • Babies need to sleep in their own CRIB, CRADLE or BASSINET. Do not use a car seat, carrier, swing or similar product as baby’s everyday sleep area.

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in his or her own crib, cradle or bassinet. If you have multiples (twins, triplets, etc.), it’s important that each baby has his or her own bed.

  • Put your baby to sleep on his back on a flat, firm surface, like a crib mattress covered with a tightly-fitted sheet. Use only the mattress made for your baby’s crib. The mattress should fit snugly in the crib so there are no spaces between the mattress and crib frame. The mattress shape should stay firm even when covered with a tightly-fitted sheet or mattress cover.
  • Put your baby to bed in his own crib or bassinet. Don’t bed-share. This is when babies and their parents sleep together in the same bed. Bed-sharing is the most common cause of death in babies younger than 3 months old.
  • Use a bassinet, crib or play yard that meets current safety standards. Don’t use cribs with drop-side rails. Don’t try to fix a crib that has broken or missing parts. Visit U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to learn more about product safety standards or product recalls.
  • Keep crib bumpers, loose bedding, toys and other soft objects out of your baby’s crib. They can put your baby in danger of getting trapped, strangled or of suffocating.
  • Don’t put your baby to sleep on a waterbed, sofa, sofa mattress, or other soft surface. Portable bed rails don’t always prevent a baby from rolling out of bed, and babies can get stuck in them.

Following these tips should give parents peace of mind when putting their baby down for a nap or for the night. And that means a good night’s sleep for everybody.

As new parents maneuver the long, but joyful and exciting days and nights ahead, Forrest General Hospital’s Women & Children’s Services is with you through every Special Moment, Special Milestone, and Special Memory. 

For more information about Forrest General Hospital’s Women & Children’s Services, visit

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