Safe Sleep

Infant sleep-related deaths are one of the leading causes of infant death in Baltimore City, and they are overwhelmingly preventable. 

 

Explore this page to learn more about keeping babies safe during sleep,

including stories, frequently asked questions, and support.

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Does your baby sleep safe?

 

Babies should never sleep with anyone else. Share a room, but not a bed with your baby.

Babies should always sleep on their backs. Babies are less likely to choke when on their backs.

Babies should always sleep in a crib – every night and every nap. The crib should be clean and clear. There should be no toys or blankets in the crib.

Never smoke cigarettes or marijuana in a home with babies, young children, or pregnant women. Smoke in the home makes it harder for babies to breathe well.

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Safe Sleep Media Center

Safe Sleep Videos

Safe Sleep Videos

Safe Sleep Videos
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B’more for Healthy Babies ‘SLEEP SAFE’ Campaign

B’more for Healthy Babies ‘SLEEP SAFE’ Campaign

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B'more for Healthy Babies SLEEP SAFE Campaign from Dads

B'more for Healthy Babies SLEEP SAFE Campaign from Dads

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B'more for Healthy Babies SLEEP SAFE Campaign from Caretakers

B'more for Healthy Babies SLEEP SAFE Campaign from Caretakers

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U.S.A. Maternal/Child Health: Baltimore B'more for Healthy Babies - Safe Sleep PSA (Spanish)

U.S.A. Maternal/Child Health: Baltimore B'more for Healthy Babies - Safe Sleep PSA (Spanish)

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Safe Sleep: FAQs

 
Sometimes safe sleep is not as simple as ABCD. These partners are here to provide extra support to make sure you have the knowledge and tools needed to create a safe sleep environment for your little one. 

Safe Sleep Resources

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Free Portable Crib Program

If you can't afford a crib, HealthCare Access Maryland will help qualified families. 

410-649-0526

24 Hour Parent Helpline

If you are feeling overwhelmed, The Family Tree will provide free and confidential support.

1-800-243-7337

24/7 Substance Use/Mental Health Help

If you are in crisis, Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. will connect you to help and services.

410-433-5175
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Smoking Cessation Support

If you need help quitting smoking, MD Tobacco Quitline will connect you to free support.

1-800-784-8669