Safe Sleep

HALO's commitment to safety goes beyond its products. We are also interested in helping to educate parents about safety for their children.

In this area of our website you will find useful health and safety information. Please feel free to share these information with your friends and loved ones and help us spread the safe sleep advocacy!

SIDS - The No. 1 Cause of Death for Healthy Babies

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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby 1-12 months of age.

SIDS claims the lives of nearly 2,500 babies every year, making it the leading cause of death for babies. In addition, there are up to 2,000 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) caused by suffocation or accidents during sleep yearly.

SIDS affects families of all ethnic, social and economic backgrounds. Babies born too early or at a low birth rate are at increased risk, as are babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy and those who do not receive good prenatal care.

According to CDC's (Center for Disease Control) National Center for Health Statistics, the top five causes of infant mortality are: birth defects, preterm birth, maternal complications during pregnancy, complications of the umbilical cord and placenta, and SIDS. Among these, only SIDS affects otherwise perfectly healthy and normal live births. Parents also have the most control over SIDS prevention than any of the other top five causes of infant death.

While the exact cause of SIDS is not yet known, there are many things parents and caregivers can do to help protect their baby.

Safe Sleep Tips

One of the most important decisions you will make as a new parent is where and how you place your baby to sleep. If you follow these safe sleep rules, you will help protect your baby from SIDS, suffocation and accidents during sleep.

Breastfeeding advocates recommend parents who bed-share with babies to also follow additional safe-sleeping guidelines:

Other Important Tips

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