Sleep Safely While On the Go
ensure your baby’s sleep environment is safe, wherever you are
Traveling with baby takes a lot of planning and supplies. Making a “safe sleep plan” is a part of prepping for a trip. Having a plan helps parents and caregivers know that your baby will sleep safely wherever they go.
Babies love and need consistent sleep environments. Here’s how to create your safe sleep plan:
Check if the hotel or house you’re visiting has a crib or portable play yard (i.e. Pack ’n Play)
- Make sure it meets safety standards!
- Less than two fingers should fit between side of crib and mattress.
- Slats close together (can’t fit a 12-ounce can between them).
- Not a drop-side crib.
- No missing, broken, or damaged parts.
- Not more than 10 years old.
- Has firm mattress.
Bring a portable play yard. It’s easy to set up and provides a safe space for baby to sleep and play. Set it up away from windows, curtains, monitors, or cords.
Keep the sleeping area bare
• No blankets, pillows, or toys.
Give your baby his or her own sleep space
- It should be away from other kids, pets, and adults.
- Infants can get injured or have airway blocked if not sleeping alone.
Keep it cool
- The best sleep temperature for babies is 68-72° F.
- Dress your baby in one more layer than you have on.
Don’t use the car seat as a sleeping area for baby when not in the car
- Take your baby out of car seat when you arrive.
Follow the ABCS
(And make sure everyone who will be watching your baby knows the ABCS too!)
- Alone: no other people or objects in baby’s sleep area.
- On Back: always put baby to sleep on back.
- In Crib: bassinet or portable – firm sleep surface with only fitted sheet. In Smoke-free air.