Please take care to review the latest safe sleep recommendations set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics before using products sold on our website. This includes, but is not limited to the use of crib and toddler sheets, bedding and plush stuffed animals.
Below are some guidelines that were accurate as of September 2020, specific to the products sold by McCoy Kids.
Back to Sleep for every sleep.
- Infants should be placed for sleep in a supine position (wholly on the back) for every sleep by every caregiver until the child reaches 1 year of age.
- Side sleeping is not safe and is not advised.
- Skin-to-Skin is care is recommended for all mothers and newborns, regardless of feeding or delivery method, immediately following birth (as soon as the mother is medically stable and awake) for at least an hour. Thereafter, or when the mother needs to sleep or take care of other needs, infants should be placed supine in a bassinet.
Use a firm sleep surface.
- Infants should be placed on a firm sleep surface (eg, mattress in a safety-approved crib) covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation.
- Infants should never be left to sleep on sofas, armchairs or in sitting devices.
- Soft bedding remains a risk for infants older than 4 months
- Soft objects such as pillows and pillow-like toys, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, and loose bedding can obstruct an infant’s nose and mouth.
- Infant sleep clothing is preferable to blankets and other coverings to keep the infant warm
- Bumper pads are similar products that attach to crib slates or sides are not recommended for infants.
- A large percentage of infants who die of SIDS are found with their head covered by bedding. Therefore, no pillows, sheets, blankets, or any other items that could obstruct infant breathing or cause overheating should be in the bed.
Avoid overheating and head covering in infants.
- In general, infants should be dressed appropriately for the environment, with no greater than 1 layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable in that environment.
- There is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the use of a fan as a SIDS risk-reduction strategy.