Public Health Officials Share Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services:

Public Health officials are reminding parents and caregivers to provide a safe sleeping environment for babies to help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

“Creating a safe sleep environment not only helps prevents SIDS from occurring, but can also give parents more peace of mind knowing they are using safer methods to reduce risks,” said Michele Stephens, Public Health Director for the Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

Because October is SIDS Awareness Month, staff from DHHS’s Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Programs (MCAH) and the Safe Sleep Subcommittee and partnering agencies put together an educational display at the Bayshore Mall about safe sleep environments for babies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following safe sleep tips.

  • Place babies on their backs to sleep
  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib or bassinet, covered only by a fitted sheet
  • Share your room with your baby, but not your bed
  • Keep soft objects, such as pillows and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area
  • Do not allow smoking around your baby.

For more information about safe sleeping, visit or call MCAH at 707-445-6210.



  • Hey gov, stay outta my kids sleeping place

  • Sounds pretty cold for poor baby! A hard slab, no pillows or blankets… sounds like where you lie once you’re already dead–St. James Infirmary!
    I don’t know about that not sharing bed with baby. I can’t imagine not sleeping with my infant. I suppose maybe you shouldn’t sleep that way if you’re a heavy sleeper, or accustomed to passing out after drinking binges or whatever… you might roll over on your baby. But when i was nursing my babies, we went to sleep together, nursing, and i slept lightly, all night long, well aware of where baby was. I mean, that was what my life was all about. I wouldn’t turn over or shift position without waking. Then we’d nap together in the daytime… on the same bed or sofa.
    To each her own. I would hope that no sleepers whose babies might end up strangled in the headboard (one of the risks i read about just now, after googling “SIDS”) follow my way. They should follow the official advice. Just saying, you do what you feel is best for your baby. Naturally, keeping my tiny, vulnerable infant very close felt like the right thing to me.

  • Yeah I agree with Lauracooskey I always slept with my infants I too am a very light sleeper and do no witch positions unless I wake up always been that way and just for a big FYI over the last 25 yrs of mothering 6 + children SIDS has always been flipped and flopped my oldest was when you had your babes sleep on their tummys and has went back and forth 4 times since (tummy then back) but also alarming is first SIDS was from birth to 6 months now from birth to 4 yrs I say they don’t want us to know what causes it cause honey you can’t tell me sleep position will (help?) prevent SIDS if you do not know what causes it

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