more than 50,000 children have been saved by safe sleep practices
In 1994, doctors started teaching parents that putting their infants into the crib on their backs would reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and accidental suffocation. And it did. From 1990 to 2000, infant sleep-related death dropped by almost 40%.
However, it did not eliminate the danger entirely. In the United States, sleep-related death is still the single greatest danger facing newborns to 12-month-olds. Worst of all, there is no knowing when or where it will strike. All children are considered at risk.
Our mission is to eliminate infant sleep-related death through monitoring, empowering parents to intervene the moment their children need them.
Our hope is that you will find peace of mind knowing that your child is safe and, should danger arise, you will be alerted. We want you to be free to focus your energy on nurturing your and your child's well-being.
smart beat was designed to be used with safe sleep practices
- Put your infant to sleep on his or her back, rather than on the side or stomach.
- Always put your infant to sleep in a crib or bassinet, never on furniture such as a couch.
- Use a sleep sack instead of loose blankets.
- Remove everything from the crib (including blankets and toys!), leaving only the mattress with a fitted sheet.
- Allow your infant to sleep only on firm surfaces, such as a firm mattress, never on soft surfaces like a soft mattress, sheepskin or thick comforter.
- Sleep in the same room as your infant, but not in the same bed.
- Keep the room slightly cool.
- Insist that every caretaker follow these safe practices. One-third of sleep-related deaths happen while under the care of another caretaker who did not follow the family's safe sleeping guidance.