February 1, 2020 / Drowning Prevention

Talk with your Valentine’s Day sitter

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and plans are in the works for those special nights out. Talk with your Valentine’s Day sitter – the caregiver, friend or a family member who is watching your child while you’re enjoying an adult date night.

Discuss how to follow safe sleep practices, and prevent accidental drowning and abusive head trauma. 

A few essential tips to keep top-of-mind:

  • Understand current safe sleep practices. Infants must always be Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib. This means that firm mattress with tight fitting sheets — and nothing else in the crib.
  • Supervise closely. It doesn’t take long for a child to drown (as little as 20 seconds!) and there can be hidden hazards in your home, like a toilet or bucket of water.
  • Manage stress. It’s ok to take a time out if they’re feeling overwhelmed. Place baby safely in their crib and take time to regroup.