Resources for New Moms

Prevent Strangulation and Suffocation

Babies learn and change so quicklyMany injuries happen when a baby does something nobody knew they could do yet. Below are some things you can do to make sure your baby stays safe. 

Tips to prevent strangulation and suffocation: ​

  • Place your baby’s crib away from windows. Cords from window blinds and draperies can strangle your baby. Use cordless window coverings when possible, or tie cords high and out of reach. Do not knot cords together. 
  • Place baby monitor and other cords at least three feet away from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard, or other sleep environment. 
  • Keep all plastic wrappers and bags off the floor and away from your baby. The plastic can form a tight seal over your baby’s mouth and suffocate them. 
  • Keep all blankets, stuffed animals, and crib bumpers out of the crib to prevent suffocation while sleeping.