Safe Sleep

​​​​​​SIDS is the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month and 1 year of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics is a proud partner in the National Back to Sleep Campaign spearheaded by the National Institute for Child and Human Development (NICHD).


Safe Sleep

Making sure your baby is sleeping in a safe environment is the first step in ensuring a happy and healthy first year for your little one. Follow the ABC's of sleep so you and your baby can rest safe and sound:

A Is For Alone

Share the room, not the bed. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room, but NOT in your bed. Sleeping in the same room is encouraged but sleeping in the same bed is not. Sleeping with another person is dangerous for babies.

A baby should always sleep alone in their own crib, bassinet, or portable crib.

B Is For Back

Whether at night or during nap time, a baby should always sleep on their back. Back-sleeping on a firm mattress in a crib or portable crib decreases the risk for SIDS. It does NOT increase the risk for choking or affect baby's sleep quality.

It is not safe to place babies on their stomach or side to sleep. Make sure all caregivers know Back to Sleep is best.

C Is For Crib

A firm mattress in a crib, bassinet, or portable crib should be free of clutter. Toys, pillows, blankets, or bumper pads can suffocate the baby and should NOT be placed in the crib.

The most common sleep-related risk factor identified was an infant being placed on a surface not designed for infant sleep. A baby should never sleep on a couch, a swing, an adult bed, or on an adult's chest while lying down. These places are not designed for a baby and could cause the child to suffocate. A baby sleeping in a car seat should be moved to a crib, bassinet, or play yard as soon as you get out of the car.

D Is For Drug-Free

Be aware, not impaired. Drinking and drug use can impair your ability to care for a baby, making bed-sharing and other unsafe sleep even more dangerous for the baby.

Avoid smoking around your baby. Secondhand smoke weakens babies' lungs and can increase the risk of SIDS.

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