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Safe Sleep

Babies sleep for many hours every day because their bodies are growing quickly. Here are some ways to create a safe space for your baby and lower the risk of sleep related death.

Where should my baby sleep?

  • Keep your baby in your room near your bed for at least the first 6 months after birth.
  • Place your baby on a firm, flat surface, covered only by a fitted sheet.
  • Do not use a car seat, carrier, swing or similar place for sleep.

What are the ABCs of safe sleep?

  • A – Alone. Babies are safest when they sleep alone.
  • B – Back. Always put your baby on their back when sleeping. Place baby in a wearable blanket or sleeper and offer a pacifier at nap and bedtime after breastfeeding is established.
  • C – Clutter free crib in caregiver’s room. A shared room and separate surface for baby to sleep is recommended for at least 6 months after birth. There should be no pillows, blankets or toys in the crib. 

What other tips will help my baby sleep safely?

  • Breastfeed if possible
  • Avoid exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs
  • Avoid overheating and dress appropriately for temperature
  • Practice supervised awake tummy time to promote development
  • Avoid commercial positioning devices; check CPSC.gov for information about safety recalls
  • Stop swaddling when baby can roll over independently

Safe Sleep resources:

Videos

Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Every Nap & Every Night – American Academy of Pediatrics

Safe Sleep for Your Baby: 60 Seconds -- NICHD

Infographics

What does a safe sleep environment look like? 

Como es un ambiente de sueno seguro? 

Articles

Safe Sleep Habits for Infants and Young Toddlers