Follow national best practice standards to prevent sleep related deaths in group care settings. Review recommendations in Caring for Our Children Standards 126.96.36.199: Limiting Infant/Toddler Time in Crib, High Chair, Car Seat, Etc, and 188.8.131.52: Safe Sleep Practices and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID)/SIDS Risk Reduction. Check your early care and education (ECE) program’s policies and procedures to make sure infant sitting devices are used safely.
Key Messages for ECE Program Staff and Families:
1. Use sitting devices for their specific purpose, for example, transporting, feeding or playing. Avoid having infants sleep in car seats, strollers, bouncers, swings and other infant seats.2. If an infant arrives at the ECE program sleeping in a car seat, move the child to a crib.
3. Always put infants alone on their back for every nap or sleep time in an individual, safe crib.
4. Limit sitting in a high chair or other equipment that restricts movement indoors or outdoors to no more than 15 minutes. This time can be longer for feeding or while traveling in a vehicle. Infants need to be free to develop physical skills, explore the environment and interact with peers and adults.