The Basics of Safe Sleeping

Here are a few bedtime basics to keep your baby safe and well-rested.

Back is Best

Place your baby on her back with nothing around her that could block the flow of fresh air. This is the only sleep position recommended for babies. Side and stomach positions are not safe alternatives.

Consider Sleepers Rather than Blankets

To keep your baby warm and safe during sleep, use sleepers with feet, sleep "sacks" or other type of wearable blanket, rather than blankets. Avoid letting the baby get too hot. Overheating is a leading risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Your baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and/or rapid breathing. Set the room temperature in a range that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.

Remove Soft and Fluffy Items

Anything loose, soft or fluffy in your baby’s sleep area can be dangerous. Remove pillows, blankets, bumpers, stuffed toys and other soft objects from your baby’s sleep area when placing them down to sleep.

Consider a Pacifier

Pacifiers can further reduce the risk of SIDS. Experts recommend offering your baby a pacifier every time you place them down to sleep.

Educate Your Caregivers

Educate everyone that cares for your baby about safe sleep tips.

Additional Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics

First Candle/SIDS Alliance

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