Safe Infant Sleep
A pregnant mother and her mother, soon to be a grandmother, walk into a baby’s nursery at home. A crib is in the room.
Mother: Well, it’s just a start. We have a lot of decorating to do to make it just right.
|The grandmother gestures toward the crib.
||Grandmother: Oh, it’s so sunny and bright. It’s perfect! And you already have the crib.
|The grandmother pulls out her smartphone and shows it to the mother.
||Grandmother: Now look what I just got…
Mother: Pretty fancy, Mom. Want me to show you how to use it?
Grandmother: Are you kidding? I got this thing all figured out. I even have your baby pictures on here already.
|The smartphone displays a picture of a baby lying on her stomach in a crib with a blanket on top of her. It looks like an old scanned photo, and a date stamp reads 3/29/85.
||Grandmother: Look how cute you were here sleeping with the blanket Nana made.
|Mother and grandmother continue to talk.
||Mother: You know, today we don’t put blankets in the crib no matter how cute they are. And, we have to lay the baby down to sleep on their back, every time. You’ve heard of SIDS, right?
Grandmother: Oh, yes. That’s when a baby dies unexpectedly during sleep and doctors can’t find an explanation.
Mother: Right. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
|Flashback to a birthing and infant care class. The mother and father are seated with a group of other parents. They are listening to the instructor, who has a crib and some baby clothes set at the front of the classroom.
||Mother: At our birthing classes, we learned there are a lot of different things we need to do to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as accidental suffocation.
|At the front of the classroom, a woman lowers a baby into a crib without anything in it except a fitted sheet.
||Instructor: Who knows what goes in a crib?
|The mother raises her hand and answers the question, then the father and other classmates answer.
||Mother: I know, a sheet.
Father: A blanket?
Classmate 1: Soft bumpers.
Classmate 2: A teddy bear.
Instructor: One of you is right, and the rest are (buzz) wrong. Over the past 20 years, researchers have learned a lot about safe infant sleep.
The instructor holds up a fitted sheet next to the crib. The baby is no longer in the crib, but some stuffed animals are inside it and a blanket is draped over the side.
Type comes up on bottom of screen: “Follow safe sleep recommendations until baby is one year of age.”
|Instructor: Besides the baby, a fitted sheet in a safety-approved crib is the only thing you need.
|The instructor puts down the sheet and removes a pillow and teddy bear from inside the crib and takes away the blanket that was draped over the side of the crib.
||Instuctor: No loose bedding, no bumpers, no pillows, no teddy bears, and no blankets.
|End flashback. The mother and grandmother walk into a bedroom. The mother points to a baby’s bassinet placed next to the adult bed.
||Mother: Check it out: Marco brought home this bassinet to keep in our bedroom. For the first couple of months, the baby will sleep right here in our room next to where we sleep.
Grandmother: Oh no, jelly bean, you’re gonna want that baby sleeping right next to you in bed for those feedings through the night.
Mother: Our instructor said that bed sharing actually increases baby’s risk for SIDS, not to mention increasing the baby’s chance of suffocating or being fatally injured.
|The grandmother touches the mother on the arm. The mother smiles.
||Grandmother: You sure are developing a mother’s instinct, honey. I know things change. I’ll do it the new way. Because my new granddaughter is gonna grow up to be an amazing woman, just like her mother.
Safe to Sleep logo.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services logo.
NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development logo.
Voiceover: For more information, please visit the Safe to Sleep® website at safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov.