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