You've seen them on our Success By 6 spot- seven adorable slumbering babies that have one thing in common- they've been put to sleep on their backs, the safest way for babies to sleep.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome- commonly known as SIDS- claims the live of almost 2,500 infants in the United States each year- that's nearly seven babies every day.
The Northwest Infant Survival and SIDS Alliance (NISSA) offers these tips for putting your baby to bed safely:
"At Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance (NISSA), we help teach you how to protect your infant during sleep. We provide comfort and support to families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) & other unexpected deaths of an infant. We also educate the public and professionals on how to reduce the risk of sudden infant death," says Executive Director Inga Paige. "Our work is so important - especially to our African American and Native American families because they are affected in far greater numbers. Please spread the word that infants should always sleep in their backs."
For more information about safe sleep for babies or SIDS, visit the NISSA website at www.nwsids.org, or call (509) 456-0505.