Is Your Day Care Safe for Sleeping Babies?
"What I would say to parents is, you can't take anything for granted. You can't assume that just because your child care provider takes care of children they necessarily know about [safe sleep practices]," says Moon.
"I recommend that parents talk to child care providers about sleep positions just as they would about what they are feeding the baby, and make sure the child care provider isn't smoking. I also tell the child care provider that they need to have written policies in place, as a way of showing parents what they do, as a way of legally protecting themselves, and also as a teaching tool because some parents don't know.
"My feeling is, if there is a dialogue and the child care provider and parents are talking then they can teach and help each other create the best environment for the baby," says Moon.