Sleep requirements to keep babies safe

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After a 4-month-old baby was reportedly found unresponsive in a crib at the La Petite Academy near Brookwood Hospital and died six days later, we sat down with Childcare Resources to learn more about how to keep sleeping babies safe.

The DHR minimum standards outlines operations for childcare centers and home childcare programs. It includes staff training, staff regulation and facility requirements–and sleeping requirements.

Joan Wright, executive director of childcare resources, said one of those requirements is how the child should be positioned to sleep–depending on their age.

Wright says infants under 12 months, unless they have a note from their physician, should be placed on their back.

“The cribs where infants sleep, should not have any items in there such as pillows, stuffed animals, toys, blankets, bumpers..things like that, that could result in a suffocation hazard,” Wright said.

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