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Learn Medical Spanish – How to Explain Safe Sleep Recommendations in Spanish

Learn Medical Spanish – How to Explain Safe Sleep Recommendations in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on explaining safe sleep recommendations in Spanish to your Latino patients.

Here is the Safe Sleep Recommendations in Spanish lesson I taught to the Facebook group:

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Vocabulario básico – Basic Vocabulary

Muebles / Furniture



La cuna Crib
El colchón Mattress
Barandas Railings

El moisés

El sofá Sofa
 El sillón Couch
La cama Bed

Ropa de cama / cuna común – Bedding:








FItted sheets

Protectores para colchones

Mattress protectors

Protectores para cuna (chichoneras)

Crib bumpers


bed sheets

Verbos / Acciones – Verbs / Actions:

Verbos / Acciones Verbs / Acciones
Acostar (lo – la): Boca arriba  Lying him / her on his / her back
Dormir juntos vs. dormir separados  Sleep together vs. Sleep separately
Dormir seguro  Sleep safe
Evitar / Prevenir:


  • Muerte de cuna
  • Síndrome de muerte súbita del lactante
To avoid / prevent:


  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Otro Vocabulario Other Vocabulary
Boca abajo para jugar  Mouth down to play
Boca arriba para dormir  On their back to sleep
Dormitorio Bedroom
Pijamas térmicas / para invierno  Thermal / Winter pijamas
Vacío Empty

Sugerencias – Suggestions

¿Dónde dormir? Where to Sleep 
Es importante acostar a su bebé en su cuna o moisés  It is important to put your baby in his / her crib or bassinet
No debe acostarlo en su cama, en el sofá ni en el sillón  You shouldn’t put him / her down on your bed, sofa or arm chair
 El riesgo de muerte súbita del lactante es cinco (5) veces más alto cuando se acuestan en superficies suaves (según AAP)  The risk of SIDS if 5 times higher when you put your baby to sleep on soft surfaces (according to AAP)
 El colchón del bebé tiene que ser firme  The baby’s mattress needs to be firm
 No cubra el colchón con cositas más suaves (cobijas, almohadas, etc.)  Don’t cover the mattress with softer things (blankets, pillows, etc.)
¿Cómo acostarlo? How to put him / her to sleep?
Es muy importante acostar a su bebé boca arriba  It’s important to put your baby down on his / her back
Su cuna debe estar vacía  The crib should be empty
Solamente hay que poner el colchón con su cubrecolchón y su bebé You only need to have the mattress with its fitted sheet and your baby
Si le preocupa que tenga frío, póngale pijamas térmicas / pijamas para invierno  If you are concerned he / she would be cold, put on some thermal pijamas / winter pijamas
No debe usar: almohadas, cobijas, protectores para cuna, etc.  You should not use: pillows, blankets, bumpers, etc.

Now it’s your turn! I packaged all of this vocabulary in Spanish into some flashcards for you to study.

Safe Sleep Recommendations in Spanish Quiz

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