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Infant Safe Sleep

A baby dies nearly every other day in Michigan in an unsafe sleep environment. In Calhoun County, 18 babies died due to sleep related deaths between 2010 and 2015. Evidence suggests that these deaths are overwhelmingly preventable.


Safe Sleep Basics

A safe sleep environment exists when babies always sleep:

  • On their backs
  • In a crib or portable crib
  • On a firm mattress
  • Without pillows, bumpers, blankets, stuffed toys, or infant positioners
  • Without any other person in the sleep space

 Additional Parent Recommendations:

  • Breastfeed to reduce risk of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS)
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime
  • Avoid smoke, alcohol, and illicit drug use in the sleep environment.

 (From the American Academy of Pediatrics)

Local Initiatives

Pack N Play Program: FREE pack and plays are available to parents/legal guardians who meet the following qualifications:

  • Resident of Calhoun County
  • WIC/Medicaid Eligible
  • Baby 6 months or younger
  • Does not currently have safe sleep surface for baby and cannot afford one
  • Has not received a PNP through this service before

 Please call 2-1-1 after 36 weeks gestation to request a pack n play.

Education: The Health Department provides safe sleep presentations to the community including parents/guardians, day care staff, medical professionals, and anyone who cares for infants. Please call 269-969-6482 to schedule a presentation at for your group today.

Visit the website to find more resources specific to Calhoun County that can help ensure a healthy happy baby.

Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR): Through individual case review, FIMR examines all the factors related to infant death, and determines local factors in the health system for mothers and infants where improvements can be made.

By using data to identify factors associated with infant death, the FIMR program is able to provide recommendations for policy development and systems change that address these factors and reduce the rate of death in our most vulnerable population. Please call (269) 969-6482 for more information on being a review team member.


·         Sleep Related Infant Deaths in Calhoun County 2010-2015

·         Infant Safe Sleep in Michigan: A Comprehensive Look at Sleep-Related Deaths, 2018

·         MDHHS Safe Sleep Video

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