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Safe Sitter Classes

This class is a nationally accredited class that teaches 11-13 year-olds how to be a safe babysitter. They learn how to think of babysitting as a business, first aid, CPR, and other helpful tools to care for children. For more information or to register, contact the Maternal & Infant Manager at 308.254.5825.

Safe Sleep Education

Congratulations on your new baby! There are specific steps that parents, grandparents, and caregivers can take to keep babies healthy and safe. Sadly, babies die each year in Nebraska due to unsafe sleep practices. That is why we urge you to learn and share the ABCs of safe sleep.

Your baby should always sleep ALONE.
During the first year of life, the safest place for a baby to sleep is alone in their own crib, close to the parent's bed. 

  • Room share, and not bed share.
  • If your baby is in your bed to feed or for comfort, be sure to put your baby in the crib for sleep.
  • Devices or positioning props advertised to prevent Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), are not proven to be effective and may even be dangerous.

Experts agree that sleeping with your baby can be dangerous. An adult bed has a soft mattress, pillows, and bedding that can increase the risk of suffocation, falling, or becoming trapped.

Your baby should always sleep on their BACK.
The safest position for babies to sleep is on their back for every sleep - naptime and bedtime.

  • Use sleep clothing or a sleep sack. Baby will stay warm and comfortable with these. Blankets are not needed.
  • Don't forget daily supervised, awake tummy time, every day.

Your baby should always sleep in a safe CRIB.
A safe crib has:

  • A firm mattress that fits tightly with no gaps.
  • A tightly fitted sheet.
  • No pillows, bumper pads, quilts, blankets, lamb skins, or stuffed toys.
  • Follow the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Recommendations for crib safety at

It is unsafe for a baby to sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, chair, bean bag, or recliner. Sleeping in a car seat or infant swing at home is not safe.

Along with the ABCs of safe sleep, take these steps to keep your baby safe:

  • Receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • A pacifier can be used at nap time and bedtime, once breastfeeding is well established.
  • Keep baby's room at 68-72 degrees. Not too warm. Not too cold. 
  • Obtain regular prenatal care and well-baby check-ups.
  • Maintain a smoke-free home.