Infant Safe Sleep

Safe Sleep Checklist

  • Place your baby on his back to sleep – always!
  • Place your baby in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and properly-sized, fitted sheet.
  • Reduce the risk of suffocation: Keep your baby's sleep area free of pillows, soft or loose bedding, padded bumpers, and soft toys. Don't hang items over railing.
  • Don't bed-share: Keep your baby's sleep area close to, but separate from, where you or others sleep to reduce the risks of smothering and suffocation.
  • Prevent overheating: Dress your baby in properly-sized sleep clothing or a sleep sack. Keep the room temperature between 68-72 degrees.

Fast Fact: “Every year in the United States, approximately 3600 infants die as a result of unsafe sleep practices like bed-sharing, use of soft bedding, and stomach sleep position.”

  • Check on your baby frequently.
  • Don't smoke before or after the birth of your baby and don't let others smoke around your baby.
  • Consider offering your baby a clean, dry pacifier when placing her down to sleep. If your baby is breastfeeding, wait until she is one month old or breastfeeding is firmly established before introducing a pacifier. Do not force your baby to use a pacifier. Do not reinsert the pacifier after your baby is asleep.
  • Call 911 IMMEDIATELY if your baby isn't responding.

Babies Smother Easily:

  • Babies are NOT SAFE sleeping on a couch, armchair, waterbed, pillow, cushion, or in a car seat.
  • Babies are NOT SAFE sleeping with other children, pets, or adults.
  • If you feed your baby in your bed, put her back to sleep in the safety of her own crib when she is finished.

FAST FACT: “Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ("SIDS") is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year old.”

Appears in: Infant Safety Tips