Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like

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What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?

Learning about SIDS and safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers, not just parents, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies. Research shows that there are several ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

  • Always place infants on their backs to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface for infants.
  • Share your room with your infant, not your bed.
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib.
  • Consider offering a pacifier during naps and at bedtime.
  • Do not let a baby get too hot or cover an infant’s head when sleeping.
  • Do not allow smoking around baby.
  • Provide supervised “Tummy Time” when infants are awake.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment.

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Last updated: 03/12/2019