Dear Safe to Sleep Community:
With October, SIDS Awareness Month, fast approaching, now is a good time to start planning events that spread the word about safe infant sleep. Please consider using any of our free resources to help you plan your SIDS Awareness Month activities.
Ideas from Past Outreach
Many of you sent us your successful ideas from previous SIDS Awareness Month events held across the country. Check out some of these ideas for inspiration on how to include SIDS resources when planning your own events this October:
- Community events: Set up a booth at community events, such as health fairs, state fairs, or downtown markets.
- Educational seminars: Organize an educational seminar orpresentation with specific populations, such as African American congregations, early childhood education students, first responders, or older community members.
- Fundraising events: If you’re hosting a fundraising event, include Safe to Sleep® materials in the registration packet.
- Public Service Announcements: Ask your local radio or TV station to share information about SIDS. If you have local stories to include, broadcasts with testimony from parents affected by infant death can be particularly powerful.
- Display Resources: Create a display with information or brochures for use in children’s hospitals, barber shops and hair salons, obstetrician offices, and pediatrician offices.
Safe Infant Sleep Images
A picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure the images you use in your outreach portray a safe sleep environment.
A federal government workgroup developed a diverse collection of photos of babies in safe sleep environments that is available for your use in any safe infant sleep outreach effort. All of these photos have no copyright restrictions, so they’re free and you don’t need special permissions to use them.
You can download the images directly from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD’s) Flickr site .
We thank you for everything you do to promote safe infant sleep, especially during this important month of outreach!
Safe to Sleep® campaign
Public Communications Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health