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SF 2179

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/08/2019 08:56am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying child care licensing safe sleep requirements;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245A.1435.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 245A.1435, is amended to read:


(a) When a license holder is placing an infant to sleep, the license holder must place the
infant on the infant's back, unless the license holder has documentation from the infant's
physician directing an alternative sleeping position for the infant. The physician directive
must be on a form approved by the commissioner and must remain on file at the licensed
location. An infant who independently rolls onto its stomach after being placed to sleep on
its back may be allowed to remain sleeping on its stomach if the infant is at least six months
of age or the license holder has a signed statement from the parent indicating that the infant
regularly rolls over at home.

(b) The license holder must place the infant in a crib directly on a firm mattress with a
fitted sheet that is appropriate to the mattress size, that fits tightly on the mattress, and
overlaps the underside of the mattress so it cannot be dislodged by pulling on the corner of
the sheet with reasonable effort. The license holder must not place anything in the crib with
the infant except for the infant's pacifier, as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title
16, part 1511. The requirements of this section apply to license holders serving infants
younger than one year of age. Licensed child care providers must meet the crib requirements
under section 245A.146. A correction order shall not be issued under this paragraph unless
there is evidence that a violation occurred when an infant was present in the license holder's

(c) If an infant falls asleep before being placed in a crib, the license holder must move
the infant to a crib as soon as practicable, and must keep the infant within sight of the license
holder until the infant is placed in a crib. When an infant falls asleep while being held, the
license holder must consider the supervision needs of other children in care when determining
how long to hold the infant before placing the infant in a crib to sleep. The sleeping infant
must not be in a position where the airway may be blocked or with anything covering the
infant's face.

(d) Placing a swaddled infant down to sleep in a licensed setting is not recommended
for an infant of any age and is prohibited for any infant who has begun to roll over
independently. However, with the written consent of a parent or guardian according to this
paragraph, a license holder may place the infant who has not yet begun to roll over on its
own down to sleep in a one-piece sleeper equipped with an attached system that fastens
securely only across the upper torso, with no constriction of the hips or legs, to create a text begin The use of sleepwear or a sleep system that has a hood or any other attachment is
prohibited. The commissioner of human services shall provide photographs or a list of
disallowed sleepwear and sleep systems and the component parts on the Department of
Human Services website.
new text end Prior to any use of swaddling for sleep by a provider licensed
under this chapter, the license holder must obtain informed written consent for the use of
swaddling from the parent or guardian of the infant on a form provided by the commissioner
deleted text begin and prepared in partnership with the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Centerdeleted text end.