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Many parents don't know that their babies are vulnerable to sleep-related injuries and even death, but there are steps you can take to protect your child. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report.

"Blankets, out. Your child does not need a blanket to keep warm."

Actually, the American Academy of Pediatrics says there should be nothing in the crib with infants—not plush toys or even monitors.

As the Head of Delta Children's furniture demonstrated at Brooklyn Borough Hall—even mobiles can be dangerous.

"The second the baby is starting to get up, starting to move around, this becomes from a nice little toy, to a danger," says Delta Children Co-President Joe Shamie.

Together with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Assistant Health Commissioner Dr. Aletha Maybank, they're trying to get the word out about infant sleep safety.

"We want to educate parents that simple items can endanger their child," Adams said.

Another major risk for babies is bed sharing.

Assistant Commissioner Maybank says it's just not worth it.

"You can do room sharing in which the crib is in the room. But not bed sharing, because there's just the risk, not only is there [Sudden Infant Death Syndrome] but there's also the risk of other sleep related injuries, such as suffocation and someone's body rolling over on that child, and that is completely preventable," she says.

According to the latest New York City numbers, four babies died of SIDS in 20-12, with another 42 sleep related deaths in 20-11.

Evelyn Rendon, who is a mother, herself, says it can feel counter-intuitive.

"It's difficult because she's, right now,like... once they come out of the hospital, all they want is the warmth of their own mother," she says.

Rendon's one-year-old daughter, Isabella, has been sleeping with her up until now, but hers will be one of 400 families to receive a free Delta crib through the Sleep Safe campaign.

"She has to get used to sleeping alone," says Rendon.

Infants are at risk for SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, when they're less than a year old, with the highest risk between zero and four months.

But taking precautions really does make a difference—especially placing the baby on their back before they settle into sleep.

"It's tremendously helped bring down SIDS and deaths related to other sleep related injuries," says Maybank.

For more information visit ny1.com/health.

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