What is the Indiana Safe Sleep Program?
We provide safe sleep education and Infant Survival Kits for families who do not have a safe place for their infants to sleep. As part of the program, a number of educational materials to help caregivers learn more about safe sleep, prenatal care, and smoking cessation are provided. The Safe Sleep Program works to provide babies a safe place to sleep and hopefully lower the number deaths due to unsafe sleep environments.
PACE has partnered with Indiana State Department of Health, in collaboration with the Indiana Department of Child Services, as a distribution site for the program. At the completion of the Safe Sleep educational training session, families receive an Infant Survival Kit. The Infant Survival Kit contains one infant portable crib, fitted sheet with safe sleep message imprinted on it, wearable blanket, pacifier, and safe sleep recommendations.
The ABCs of safe sleep: Alone on the Back in a Crib.
- Share the room but not your bed.
- Keep pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed animals and other soft bedding materials out of your baby’s sleep area.
On the Back:
- Place your baby on her/his back every time to sleep. Sleeping on the back does not increase your baby’s chances of choking.
- Sleep-positioning products such as wedges that claim to keep your baby safe are dangerous and not recommended.
In a Crib:
- Use a firm sleep surface covered by a tightly-fitting sheet, such as in a crib, bassinet or portable play area, every time your baby sleeps. Couches, chairs, and beds are too soft, can trap your baby between cushions, and are dangerous places for infants to sleep.
- If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller or carrier, move your baby to her crib or bassinet to sleep.
- Make sure the crib, bassinet or play area is in good condition, meets current safety standards, and has not been recalled. Check www.recalls.gov to be sure that your baby products have not been recalled.
How does this program help?
Promoting safe sleep practices will hopefully reduce the number of infants that die from unsafe sleep environments. The most recent information from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than 600 babies die each year from sleep-related suffocation—that’s an average of about 2 children each day. Through education and providing families with a safe place for their baby to sleep we can lower that number.
Who is eligible for the program?
There are NO financial prerequisites. Eligibility requirements:
- Mothers must be pregnant within 4 weeks of the expected delivery date, or the infant is less than 1 year of age
- The parent/caregiver currently does not have a crib available for the infant
- The caretaker currently has no available resources to obtain one on their own
- The caretaker must attend a Safe Sleep educational training session
How do I sign-up?
Contact Pace Community Action Agency to schedule a time to attend a safe sleep educational training session. There will be a short questionnaire to complete.
I don’t need assistance, but how can I help?
Share this information, and let anyone know that may be eligible for the program. Indiana has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country.