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Suspected Spike in Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

In 2009, when B'more for Healthy Babies launched, Baltimore City had 27 infant sleep-related deaths. By 2015, that number was down to a record-low 13 sleep-related deaths. Unfortunately, already in the first 3 months of 2017, there have already been 6 infant sleep-related deaths.


Between 2009 and 2015, 115 babies in Baltimore died in their sleep. Almost every time (109 of 115), the baby was sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment. This includes babies who died while sleeping on an adult bed or a sofa, in soft bedding, on their stomach or side, or with heavy blankets or pillows in the crib.

Even one baby dying is toomany. When putting babies to sleep, always remember: babies sleep safest alone, on their backs, in a crib, and in a smoke-free home. No exceptions.

For more safe sleep tips, visit the safe sleep section of our website

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