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Statement of Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle on Baby Safety Month

September 18, 2017

September is National Baby Safety Month and I would like to encourage parents and caregivers to focus on CPSC’s lifesaving message: Bare is Best!

While many new parents are focused on making their nursery beautiful, CPSC urges all parents, new and experienced, to think about safety first when it comes to your infant’s sleep environment.

Babies spend most of their time sleeping. Following a few simple rules will keep babies sleeping safely, and give parents a better night’s sleep knowing their child is safe.

  • To prevent suffocation, never place pillows or thick quilts in a baby’s sleep environment
  • ALWAYS put your baby on his or her back to sleep.
  • Make sure there are no gaps larger than two fingers between the sides of the crib and the mattress.
  • Check your crib and other nursery products to make sure they meet federal safety standards.
  • Never place a crib near a window with blind or curtain cords; babies can strangle on curtain or blind cords.

Your infant’s sleep environment should be the safest place in your home. So this September and all through the year, when you place you baby to sleep, remember Bare is Best!

This year CPSC is proud to collaborate with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association  (JPMA) to raise awareness about Baby Safety Month. We support JPMA’s theme: Strap in for Safety, and encourage parents to properly use straps on all juvenile products to keep their babies safe

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