(HealthDay News) — Putting baby in unsafe sleep conditions can be deadly, but is done all too often, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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In fact, there are more than 3,500 sleep-related deaths among infants in the United States each year.

To keep your baby safer while sleeping, the CDC urges:

  • Place your baby on the back, both during naps and while sleeping at night.
  • Use a firm sleep surface in a safety-approved crib.
  • Keep soft bedding and soft toys out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • Have your baby share your room, but not your bed.

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