Say YES to Safe Sleep for BABIES
Updated Guide and Toolkit for Continuation and Expansion of West Virginia's Infant Safe Sleep Educational Program is now online!

The 2016 Guide and Toolkit is updated based on lessons learned since the programís inception in 2013-14 and best practices from a variety of sources.

The goal of Say YES To Safe Sleep For Babies is to make infants as safe as possible in their sleeping environment and prevent sleep-related injuries and deaths of babies under the age of one.

Click here to download a PDF of the Guide and Toolkit.

 Gov. Tomblin Proclaims September as
Infant Safe Sleep Month
Thank you Gov. Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin!

NOW ONLINE! Sign Up Today!

Our Babies: Safe & Sound is pleased to partner with the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute to offer an on-line course on infant safe sleep.   This hour-long course is designed to assist physicians, nurses, social workers and in-home family educators with research and messaging to change practices to prevent sleep-related infant deaths in WV.

Presenters include Joan Phillips, MD, FAAP, Co-Director, Child Advocacy Center at CAMC, and Clinical Director of Childrenís Services, Womenís and Childrenís Hospital, Jim McKay, State Coordinator, Prevent Child Abuse WV, and Luana Cook Scott, Executive Director, Community Development Outreach Ministries.

We are excited to offer this
FREE training as a tool of the Our Babies: Safe and Sound campaign.

To register for the course visit
this link or click the link below:

To download training materials and receive continuing education credits, please visit this Resource Link (PDF) to download additional materials for the course.  The first 50 participants to register can earn free continuing education credits.

The web module has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essentials and standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of CAMC Health Education and Research Institute and TEAM for WV Children.  The CAMC Health Education and Research Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AAP Expands Guidelines for Infant Safe Sleep
In an updated policy statement and technical report, released Tuesday, Oct. 18th, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is expanding its guidelines on safe sleep for babies, with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep.

Three important additions to the recommendations include:
  • Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
  • Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.

The report also includes the following recommendations:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Donít smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid covering the infanís head or overheating.
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).

"Say YES to Safe Sleep" campaign emphasizes each of these recommendations.  For more information, please visit our Resources page.