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How You Can Help Others Say YES to Safe Sleep

  • Complete our 1.5-hour Say YES to Safe Sleep online training webinar.
  • Talk about safe sleep practices with everyone who takes care of your baby: teenagers, grandparents, babysitters, child care staff, friends and other family members. 
  • Help us spread the word by sharing Say YES To Safe Sleep tips. Bookmark this site and forward it on to other parents, caregivers, and friends.  
  • Set a good example to other new parents and caregivers.  We know the safest ways for babies to sleep: on their back, alone - not on adult beds or furniture -and in a safe crib.
  • Take action if you see unsafe infant sleeping positions or unsafe crib displays in the media, or when you shop.  Talk to the store manager, or write a letter to the editor of the magazine or newspaper. 

American Academy Of Pediatrics (AAP) A Parent's Guide to Safe Sleep (pdf)

AAP Policy Statement on Safe Sleep (pdf)

Where Is The Safest Place For My Baby To Sleep?

According to the AAP, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room where you sleep. Place the baby’s crib or bassinet near your bed (within arm’s reach). This makes it easier to breastfeed and to bond with your baby.

Drop-Down Side Cribs Banned by CPSC

New rules released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) have officially banned the manufacture, sale and resale of baby cribs with drop-down sides effective June 2011. Safety standards for cribs have not been officially updated in almost 30 years despite the growing evidence of drop-crib safety issues over the past decade.

The CPSC’s board voted unanimously to ban the drop-side cribs, which have been under scrutiny for many years. In 2010 alone more than 3 million drop-side cribs were recalled due to safety concerns.

The CPSC has given short-term crib rental companies and daycare providers/child care centers until Dec. 28, 2012, to comply with the new mandatory standards for baby cribs to give them time to update their inventories.

If you know of parents who are traveling, or looking into daycare options, encourage them to inquire about the type of crib their baby will be using.

How You Can Help Others Keep Their Cool

  • Share the dangers of shaking a baby with everyone who takes care of your baby: teenagers, grandparents, babysitters, child care staff, friends and other family members.  Make sure they have a plan to keep cool too!
  • Help us spread the word by sharing how to Keep Your Cool. Bookmark this site and forward it on to other parents, friends, and caregivers.     
  • Reach out to stressed parents who may need a break – offer to help with babysitting, household chores, or just listen and let them know they are not alone.
  • Share your tips for keeping cool with other parents and caregivers.

American Academy of Pediatrics Statement on Abusive Head Trauma in infants and children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics feels strongly that it is never okay to shake your baby. If you suspect that a care provider has shaken or hurt your baby—or if you or your spouse have done so in a moment of frustration—take your baby to the pediatrician or an emergency room immediately. Any brain damage that might have occurred will only get worse without treatment. Don’t let embarrassment or fear keep you from getting treatment for your baby.

If you feel as if you might lose control when caring for your baby:

  • Take a deep breath and count to ten.
  • Put your baby in her crib or another safe place, leave the room, and let her cry alone.
  • Call a friend or relative for emotional support.
  • Give your pediatrician a call. Perhaps there’s a medical reason why your baby is crying.

Online Resources

Infant Safe Sleep

On-line Web Module on infant safe sleep -- Our Babies: Safe & Sound has partnered with the CAMC Health Education and Research Institute to develop this hour-long course, which 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.

CJ Foundation for SIDS Foundation for SIDS is a national charitable organization dedicated to recognizing the special needs of the SIDS community through funding SIDS research, support services and public awareness programs.  The foundation’s newest campaign, Sleep in Safety, Grow in Style, provides the latest guidelines on creating a safe sleep environment.

Cribs for Kids Cribs for Kids® is a safe-sleep education program for low-income families to help reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to unsafe sleep environments.

First Candle First Candle/SIDS Alliance is a national nonprofit health organization uniting parents, caregivers and researchers nationwide with government, business and community service groups to advance infant health and survival.  This site includes materials for both new and expectant parents, grieving parents, and professionals.

Keeping Babies Safe Keeping Babies Safe provides free, informational resources on crib safety and sleep environment information, product recall information and safety tips so parents can be vigilant about keeping their babies safe.

Healthy Children Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site provides parents with the latest resources on ages and stages, healthy living, safety and prevention, family life and health issues.

Healthy Child Care America Program The HCCA program is a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care.  This site includes information for providers and professionals.

Text4Baby This is a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. Register by going to this site.

Gabriel Project The Gabriel Project is a program in which parishioners assist expectant women with friendship and coordinate their needs for transportation, medical care, housing, food, material needs and baby needs.

Calming Crying/Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention

Calm A Crying Baby Campaign The Children's Hospital, The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and Kohl's Department Stores have partnered together to bring The Kohl's Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Campaign in Colorado.  Materials for parents and professionals are available.

Healthy Children Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site provides parents with the latest resources on ages and stages, healthy living, safety and prevention, family life and health issues.

Period of PURPLE Crying Parent Website This website from the National Center on Shaken Baby offers information, ideas and answers for parents and caregivers who are struggling to cope with a crying baby, as well as resources for professionals. The site is a great resource for parents looking for soothing tips to calm baby crying. There is also an informative section on dads.

Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia Prevent Child Abuse WV (PCA-WV) is a project of TEAM for West Virginia Children and the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, a national leader in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope in everyone involved in the effort to keep children free from abuse and neglect.  PCA-WV sponsors several projects to promote effective programs, public engagement and family-friendly public policy to give children good beginnings by strengthening families & communities.

TEAM for West Virginia Children Since 1986, the TEAM has been working to keep children free from abuse and neglect by advocating for children; strengthening families; and making children’s needs a public priority.  The TEAM sponsors several local direct service programs including the Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project, Western Regional CASA and Cabell-Wayne Healthy Families America.  The TEAM also sponsors the statewide initiative of Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia.



Say YES to Safe Sleep Webinar (1.5 hr)

Can We Prevent Infant Sleep Related Deaths - Grand Rounds Presentation by Michael Goodstein, MD, FAAP (1 hr)


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Our Babies: Safe and Sound Orientation PowerPoint Presentation

(Updated Jan. 2016)

Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Process Evaluation Report of Findings and Recommendations, Jan. 2015

Say YES to Safe Sleep for Babies Evaluation Report of Findings & Recommendations, June 2015

Safe Sleep Poster

Safe Sleep Brochure

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Say Yes to Safe Sleep Pledge Form

Keep Your Cool Posters

Keep Your Cool Brochure (Targeted to Men)

Keep Your Cool Brochure (Targeted to Women)