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Ensuring Safe Sleep for Infants
Safety is the most important factor when swaddling a baby. Here are the best ways to keep your baby safe at night and during nap time:
- Alone — Parents and siblings should never sleep alongside the baby or in the same bed.
- Back — The baby should be placed face up for the safest sleep.
- Crib — Don’t allow the baby to sleep in your arms, in a swing, or on the couch. A crib is the safest place to snooze.
To easily recall these tips on safe sleep for infants, simply remember “ABC.” Keep in mind, swaddling should only be used for sleep.
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For more than a century, UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital has provided high-quality medical care to women at all stages of life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Magee as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health. More than 9,000 babies are born each year at Magee. The hospital also treats men for a variety of conditions, including surgical treatment. The Magee-Womens Research Institute was the first center to focus research only on conditions involving women and their infants.