How to Do a #SafeSleepSnap Activity
During Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, help encourage safe sleep for babies by sharing social images and messages with the #SafeSleepSnap hashtag.
Join the fun by promoting this activity on your social media channels. Invite your audiences to participate in one or all of the following ways:
- Post a photo of baby in a safe sleep area on your own social media accounts.
- If desired, include yourself with baby next to the safe sleep area in the photo.
- Use the #SafeSleepSnap hashtag in the post.
- Make sure your photo follows the Before-You-Post Checklists guidance.
Use these checklists before you post to make sure your photo and message are ready:
- Check whether the crib has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Make sure baby is on their back. Baby can be asleep or awake for the photo.
- Double-check that baby’s sleep space has no blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, pets, other children, or stuffed animals/toys. The crib should have only a fitted sheet on a firm, flat mattress.
- Remove any sleep position products, especially those that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Take off any loose items, such as a hat or bow, that baby is wearing.
- If baby has a pacifier, make sure it is not clipped to baby’s clothing or attached to anything, such as a string or toy.
- Have fun with your photos and posts!
- Include a safe infant sleep message with your photo to help spread the word about safe sleep for babies. You can use these messages from Safe to Sleep® as inspiration.
- Use #SafeSleepSnap and any other parenting hashtags that you follow or use on social media.
- Consider making your Facebook post public so your post can be shared and seen by others.
- Consider making your Twitter or Instagram account public so your photo can be seen by others who are using and following #SafeSleepSnap.
Engage with Your Audiences
Show your support of SIDS Awareness Month and partners by reposting/retweeting #SafeSleepSnap posts from others. Do not forget to:
- Recognize #SafeSleepSnap photos that follow the safe infant sleep guidelines and congratulate the posters.
- Learn how to address unsafe sleep messages that tag you or your organization.
- Learn more about safe infant sleep guidelines and how to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Respond to questions and share links to trustworthy resources for more information.