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What do I need for our new Baby? Safe environment.

All babies need a safe environment to sleep and to travel.

What can I do to lower my baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?

  1. Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  2. Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety-approved crib mattress (Consumer Product Safety Commission), covered by a fitted sheet.
  3. Keep objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
  4. Do not allow smoking around your baby.
  5. Keep your baby’s sleep area close to, but separate from, where you and others sleep.
  6. Use a clean, dry pacifier dry pacifier when placing your infant down to sleep.
  7. Do not let your baby overheat during sleep.
  8. Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  9. Provide Tummy Time (lay on stomach) when your baby is awake and someone is watching closely. Tummy time helps your baby’s head, neck and shoulder muscles get stronger and helps to prevent flat spots on the head.
  10. Change the direction that your baby lies in the crib from one week to the next. Avoid too much time in car seats, carriers, and bouncers.
For more information call 1-800-505-2742. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


All vehicle passengers need to wear a seatbelt. It is the law. All babies and children under 80 pounds and 4’8” tall need to be in a properly fitted child passenger safety seat or booster seat that is secured tightly in the motor vehicle.

For more information, contact the car seat safety program at Lee Memorial Health Systems (239) 343-6199, or Safe Kids USA


Do I have a Doctor for my baby?

All babies need to be checked by a doctor at least 5 times in their first year at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months.

This is to ensure my baby is growing and developing normally.

TTY users can contact us through Florida Relay by dialing 7-1-1 or one of the other Relay Toll Free Numbers.


  This page was updated on 2011-05-25 16:46:31.253.


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