Safe Start


Safety Day is coming to Sandpoint!  Sponsored by Litehouse, Bonner General Health & Kinderhaven.  This one-day event provides all the information you need to keep your kids sleeping and riding safe.  Click the link below to get signed up!


Safe Start Northwest is a program of NISSA that provides infant and child health and safety educational programs, parental support and tools that enable parents, caregivers and medical professionals not only to keep their kids safe but also educated them on the latest recommendation from the American Academy.  

We do this by providing a wide variety of infant and child health and safety classes, services and resources.  Please feel free to browse our programs below.  If you have questions drop us a line, at Safe Start Northwest infant and child health and safety is not just what we do, it’s who we are.

Our Programs


Safe Infant Sleep

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Infant & Child Car Seat Safety

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Infant & Child First Aid & CPR

Safe Infant Sleep

Did you know that every year approximately 3500 infants die due to sudden infant death? Did you know that 90% of these deaths may have been prevented if caregivers knew the ABC’s of safe sleep?  Do YOU know the ABC’s of Safe Sleep and how to keep your safe during sleep?



Sign up for our 1-hour class “Safe Sleep 101” and learn the ABC’s of Safe Sleep! This one-hour class is part of our Safe Start University Series of classes focused on infant and child health and safety. Classes are offered in Coeur d’Alene, Boise and Caldwell, Idaho as well as in Spokane, Washington. You can’t travel? Join us from the comfort of your home via Zoom!

Along with reviewing the American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Recommendations, we will discuss what SIDS is, crib safety, unsafe products on the market and how to tell if a product is safe for sleep.


You will learn that with a little diligence, planning and commitment you really don’t have to worry! There are a lot of other things new parents should be worrying about, like college, and diapers…definitely diapers.

Click here to be taken to our slate of upcoming classes for parents and caregivers! Register today! All classes are complimentary.

For medical professionals who would like more in-depth education on safe infant sleep, we offer Safe Sleep 201 and 301.  Both are built upon the same fundamentals as Safe Sleep 101 they just go a little deeper, with 201 being geared for nurses and 301 for physicians. Safe Sleep 201 and 301 are presented on an as needed basis.  If you are interested in attending, hosting or partnering with us to bring our award-winning classes to your areal let us know by clicking HERE

Infant & Child Car Seat Safety

Did you know that the second greatest killer of US children, age 0-18 years of age, is traffic-related fatalities?  To combat this the North Idaho Child Passenger Safety Team (NICPST) was formed as a program of Safe Start in July of 2018.  Since then we have been tireless advocates for child passenger safety.  
The NICPST performs approximately 250 car seat checks every year, making sure that all the kids we see leave riding as safe as they possibly can.
DId you know that 75=90% of all car seats are installed incorrectly?  It’s true! Modern day car seats, while safer than they have ever been can be extremely complicated.  Let our nationally certified passenger safety technicians assist you in installing your car seat to make sure your kids are as safe as they can possibly be.
We currently offer a variety of car seat services and classes all free of charge.  Take a look at what we have to offer below and let us know if you have any questions.  

Infant & Child First Aid & CPR

Our Infant and Child First Aid and CPR classes are offered on an as needed basis. Please contact us if you are interested

First Responder Training

Calling all firefighters, police officers, detectives, coroners, medical examiners, midwives and EMS! We need your help to ensure all babies in the northwest are sleeping safe!

Our first responders can make a difference when it comes to safe sleep in the community. Our 1-hour Public Safety 101 course will review the American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Guidelines, discuss on-site education with families of infants, available resources and review how to start a Safe Sleep Program in your own community. A certificate of completion will be awarded.

Would you like a more in-depth training that includes 2 hours of neo-natal resuscitation? This 3-hour class will include Public Safety 101 with an added two hours of training from our medical director, Dr. Kathleen Webb on neonatal resuscitation. This course is 3 hours in length and is appropriate for EMS, Paramedics and other medical professionals.  A certificate of completion will be awarded.

For more information or to see about scheduling a class, contact us.

SUIDI Training

This two-hour course is designed for coroners, medical examiners and detectives. We will review the Safe Infant Sleep recommendations via the American Academy of Pediatrics, the do’s and don’ts of an infant death scene investigation, resources available in your community and why it is imperative to perform a thorough death scene investigation. A certificate of completion will be awarded.