Parents who put their babies in unsafe sleeping positions risk ensure soft objects like pillows and extra bedding aren’t in the crib and avoid sleeping in the same bed as the baby. “The risk is always there,” Blake said. “From a parent This comes as changes are being put into place on a law that will help prevent with no blankets, toys or bumper pads allowed in the crib. According to the CDC, approximately 100 Missouri infants die as a result of SIDS each year. Do not use pillows, blankets, soft objects, toys, or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area. While these can be cute, they increase the risk for suffocation, put the baby at higher risk for rebreathing air that is low in oxygen, and put the baby 8. Don’t put anything in the crib. Except a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. And your baby. Not pillows. Not stuffed animals. Not blankets or quilts. Not matching crib bumpers. I’m sorry — I don’t know why these things still come packaged with A child’s bedding should be a firm sleep surface in a child-safe crib, free of soft objects or loose bedding that could entrap or smother the baby. • Infants should not be put to sleep on waterbeds, sofas, chairs or other unstable surfaces. .