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Safe to Sleep Tips

Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
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SIDS Risk Reduction


What does a safe sleep environment look like?

  • Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved* crib, covered by a fitted sheet
  • Do not use pillows, blankets, sheepskins, or crib bumpers anywhere in the baby's sleep area
  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area
  • Do not smoke or let anyone smoke around your baby
  • Make sure nothing covers your baby's head
  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night
  • Dress your baby in light sleep clothing
  • Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else
*For more information on crib safety guidelines, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov

Remember These Tips to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby
  • Breastfeed your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep
  • Do not use home heart or breathing monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Give your baby plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and when someone is watching

Remember Tummy Time!

Place babies on their stomachs when they are awake and when someone is watching. Tummy Time helps your baby's head, neck and shoulder muscles get stronger and helps to prevent flat spots on the head.

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