Is Your Baby Sleeping Safely?

It’s a heartbreaking statistic: Every year in Los Angeles County, approximately 70 babies die as a result of unsafe sleeping practices. Often, these children under age one suffocate while sleeping with one or more parents in adult beds, or perish in cribs cluttered with pillows, toys, blankets or bumpers, having been put to sleep on their stomachs or sides instead of safely on their backs.  What’s more, 30 percent of these preventable deaths occur in the Second District. (People won’t know what SPA 6 is).

The Los Angeles County Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN), First 5 LA and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas’ office have partnered to create the Infant Safe Sleeping Campaign and to raise awareness how to safely place babies to sleep.

A countywide effort is being planned for next year, but the initial test run will start this month in Compton, with a “Train the Trainer” program for community leaders and local organizations. Leaders will then be deployed throughout the city to spread the campaign’s safe sleeping message and educational tips. Partners include Best Start Compton, East Compton; the YWCA; Tower of Faith; El Nido Family Services; and Shields for Families.

Keep your eyes open to spot a flyer, pick up a pamphlet, listen to a presentation or take the pledge to place your baby to sleep safely. For more information about the Infant Safe Sleeping Campaign, contact Jessica Spearman at (626) 455-4585 or

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