Infant Safe Sleep
Governor Tim Walz proclaimed the week of November 14-20, 2021 as: Infant Safe Sleep Week.
WHEREAS: The State of Minnesota is dedicated to the well-being of its children and recognizes that their future depends on the care and quality of their early childhood experiences; and
WHEREAS: Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is a term used to describe a subset of infant fatalities that occur suddenly and unexpectedly before age one from causes that are not immediately obvious; and
WHEREAS: A thorough investigation is required including an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of SUID; and
WHEREAS: These deaths can affect families regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, national origin, or religious beliefs; and
WHEREAS: Every year, 50 or more babies in Minnesota die suddenly and unexpectedly, and most of these deaths happen in an unsafe sleep environment, which can often be prevented; and
WHEREAS: Parents, families, child care providers, and hospitals can engage in safe sleep practices by placing infants on their backs in a smoke-free environment in a safety-approved crib free of blankets, pillows, bumper pads, stuffed animals, and toys; and
WHEREAS: The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to cause stress and fatigue among many, making it crucial for anyone who takes care of babies, including parents, caregivers, child care providers, health care providers, and family members, to follow safe sleep practices every time an infant sleeps or naps; and
WHEREAS: No infant should die due to an unsafe sleep situation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, TIM WALZ, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim the week of November 14-20, 2021, as:
INFANT SAFE SLEEP WEEK IN MINNESOTA
In the State of Minnesota.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 5th day of November.