Safe Sleep Practices

Ensuring your baby sleeps safelyCribs for Kids seal

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. It is important to make sure you help your baby sleep safely to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS.

To create a safe sleep environment:

  • Always place a baby on their back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that conforms to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended
  • Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else
  • Keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infant’s first year).
  • Share your room, not your bed — always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or portable crib for sleep
  • Don’t use sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers for routine sleep
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows, blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area
  • Don’t use wedges and positioners
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established
  • Supervised skin to skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth regardless of feeding or delivery (as soon as mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and should continue for at least an hour — once mother starts to get sleepy, return baby to bassinet
  • Follow healthcare provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups