Safe Sleep Practices
1. We train all staff, substitutes, and volunteers caring for infants aged 12 months or younger on how to implement our Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep Policy.
2. We always place infants under 6 months of age on their backs to sleep, unless a signed ITS-SIDS Alternate Sleep Position Health Care Professional Waiver is in the infant’s file and posted at the infant’s crib or mat. We retain the waiver in the child’s record for as long as they are enrolled.
3. We accept the ITS-SIDS Alternate Sleep Position Parent Waiver.
4. We place infants on their backs to sleep even after they can easily turn over from the back to the stomach. We then allow them to adopt their own position for sleep.
We document when each infant can roll from back to stomach and tell the parents. We put a notice in the child’s file and on or near the infant’s crib or mat.*
5. We visually check sleeping infants every 15 minutes and record what we see on a Sleep Chart.
We check infants 2-4 month of age more frequently.*
6. We maintain the temperature in the room where infants sleep between 68-75°F and check it on the thermometer in the room.
We further reduce the risk of overheating by not over-dressing infants*
7. We provide all infants supervised “tummy time” daily.
8. We follow N.C Child Care Rules .0901(j) and .1706(g) regarding breastfeeding.
Safe Sleep Environment
9. We use Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved cribs or other approved sleep spaces for infants. Each infant has his or her own crib or mat.
10. We allow pacifiers without any attachments. Pacifiers attached to clothing will be removed when placed to sleep.
11. We do not allow infants to be swaddled.
12. We do not cover infants' heads with blankets or bedding.
13. We do not allow garments that restrict movement.*
14. We do not allow any objects, such as, pillows, blankets, or toys other than pacifiers in the crib or mat.
15. Infants are not placed in or left in car safety seats, strollers, swings, or infant carriers to sleep.
16. We give all parents/guardians of infants a written copy of the Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep Policy before enrollment. We review the policy with them, and ask them to sign a statement saying they received and reviewed the policy.
We encourage families to follow the same safe sleep practices to ease infants’ transition to child care.*
17. Family child care homes: We post a copy of this policy and a safe sleep practices poster in the infant sleep room where it can easily be read.
18. Centers: We post a copy of this policy in the infant sleep room where it can easily be read.
*Indicates we follow this best practice recommendation.