The Infant Safe Sleep Act will soon require Michigan hospitals to educate new parents on safe sleep practices for infants and the risk of infant death during sleep. Safe sleep practices dictate that infants sleep alone, on their backs, and without any extra items (pillows, stuffed animals, toys, etc.) in their cribs. Over 130 infants died in 2013 due to unsafe sleep practices. The new law will ensure that hospitals provide parents with written information on safe sleep practices for infants and require parents to sign a document confirming the receipt of this information, hopefully, saving lives.
The act was presented by “First Lady” Sue Snyder, signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder, and will become effective on Tuesday, August 12. To learn more about the Infant Safe Sleep Act, visit legislature.mi.gov.