This is Safe Sleep Awareness Month in Illinois, but the state Department of Children and Family Services says you can protect your baby by following some simple steps. Sleep is the number one safety issue for babies under one year of age. DCFS spokesman Jennifer Florent says moms and dads should remember the A-B-C's: a baby should sleep alone, on their back, and in a safe crib.
There should be no stuffed animals, bumper pads, or pillows in the crib.
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Florent also stresses that babies should not be laid down to sleep in a couch or adult bed where they could easily roll over and suffocate.