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California Essentials for Childhood Initiative (CA)

The California Essentials for Childhood Initiative uses a public health and collective impact approach to align and enhance collaborative efforts to promote safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for children, youth and families through systems, policy and social norms change.

October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month


The leading cause of death for infants age 1 month to 1 year is Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUIDs). This includes sleep related deaths and SIDS.

Here are some facts you can share to make sure the parents you know have the information and resources that can help them make the best parenting decisions when it comes to safe sleep:

  • Babies should always sleep on their backs
  • Babies should be in their own crib, not an adult bed, couch, or car seat
  • Babies should not sleep with others
  • Use firm sleep surface
  • Do not place blankets, pillows, bumper pads, soft toys in crib
  • No smoking around babies

For more information about baby safe sleep visit the link:



American Academy of Pediatrics. β€œSafe Sleep” (2019). Retrieved from

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