New Say YES
To Safe Sleep For Babies Training Module
Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that our newly updated Say YES To Safe Sleep For Babies Training Module is now available. The Training Module is a training tool to be completed by providers and partners educating new and expectant parents and caregivers about infant safe sleep practices. This course qualifies for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for physicians, nurses and social workers, and we are in the process of getting it approved for West Virginia STARS credits for early childhood professionals.  This is a new web module and replaces the existing module.

Click HERE to learn more and to view the Training Module online. Staff of all Say YES partner organizations should review this new module. Please note the module may be viewed on any mobile device.


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!

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.