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How to keep your baby safe while sleeping

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MICHIGAN (WJRT) -

(09/24/12) - You might say babies are the most vulnerable members of our society.

This month, health officials want to remind everyone of the hidden sleep dangers for infants. Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced September as "Safe Sleep Initiative for Infants Month." It's an effort to reduce Michigan's infant mortality rate, which is higher than the national average.

Comforting baby Cooper comes easy to Matt Campbell. But to keep his son safe while he sleeps, Matt didn't mind calling in some help.

Lauri Webber from Catholic Charities wants everyone to remember that as of June of this year, drop down cribs are illegal.
    
Something else parents, babysitters and anyone else around a baby should be aware of is babies should be flat on their backs to have the safest form of sleep. And the mattress should be firm so he or she can't drop to the sides and suffocate.

Experts also say crib bumpers won't protect babies against sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. There shouldn't be any stuffed animals, bottles, toys or anything that could cause a choking hazard.

And with colder weather approaching, pay attention to how you cover up your baby. Sleepers are OK, but Webber says don't over do it. Excessive body heat can also pose dangers to a baby.
    
If you'd like more information on how to keep your baby safe, you can attend the Children's Health Fair this Saturday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Flint Farmer's Market.

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