Congratulations on the birth of your baby! We want to do everything we can to keep your new baby safe and healthy.
Below are some important safety practices that we follow in the hospital. If you have any questions or concerns about your baby's safety, please ask.
- If your baby has been away from you, the staff will check the baby's ID bands with you before you and your baby are reunited.
- To prevent accidents, we do not allow anyone to carry a baby in the hallway. This includes the parents and other family members. If you are taking your baby down the hall, please wheel him or her in the crib.
- Please do not take your baby off of the unit until it is time for you to go home.
- Never leave your baby alone in the room. If you need to leave your room, bring your baby with you or bring him/her to the nursery.
- If you are showering, bring the baby to the nursery while you shower.
- Never leave the baby alone on the bed
- If you are adjusting your bed, please make sure the baby's crib isn't too close to the bed.
- The crib can get caught in the bed as it moves, which could cause the baby to fall.
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep. This had been shown to reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS.
- It's important for babies to be held and cuddled a lot in the first weeks and months of life. We encourage you to hold your baby often while you are on the postpartum unit. It is fine to have your baby in bed with you while you are awake. But please do not have the baby in your bed if you are feeling tired or sick. Your baby could fall or be injured. Ask your nurse for help in these situations. Always place your baby back in the crib if you are going to sleep.
We know you will enjoy the special months and years to come with your baby. By following these tips, you help ensure that your baby will stay safe, healthy and happy.