Safe Sleep

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) is a term used to describe the sudden death of a baby younger than 1 year old from no immediately obvious cause. These deaths often happen during sleep or in the baby’s sleep area. Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness provides families with information on preventing SUID through safe sleep practices.

The three commonly reported types of SUID include:

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – Unexplained death, usually during sleep
  • Unknown cause
  • Accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed

How to Reduce the Risk of SUID

  • Use the “ABC” method for sleep
  • Breastfeed
  • No smoking around the child, in their room or, ideally, in the house
  • Room temperature between 68 and 75 degrees
  • Use a pacifier during sleep
  • Share the room, not the bed!
  • Make sure there is “tummy time” when child is awake and someone is watching

Create a Safe Sleep Environment for Baby: ABC Method for Sleep

Creating a safe sleep environment for baby can reduce the risk for SUID. Always putting babies to sleep in a safe way is key to preventing SUID. The current recommendation for safe sleep for infants is the “ABC” method:

  • Alone – Stay close, sleep apart
    • It is not safe for baby to sleep with people, pillows, stuffed toys, comforters, bumper pads, etc.
    • Baby needs their own safe sleep space.
  • Back – Place baby on their back for naps and overnight.
  • Crib – Keep the crib clean and clear.
    • Do not let baby sleep on a couch, bean bag or adult bed.
    • Do not use an infant car seat carrier or any baby device with an upright seating position for sleep.

Other safe sleep tips include:

  • Baby’s sleep area is in the same room as a parent or caregiver.
  • Keep the room at 68 to 75 degrees.
  • Use a firm and flat surface in a crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Dress baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket.

Eliminate Unsafe Sleeping Conditions for Your Baby

  • Do not allow your baby to sleep with other children or adults, either in a bed or on a sofa or chair.
  • Do not let baby sleep in a car seat or other baby products, such as strollers or swings, in an upright position. The baby’s head can fall forward during sleep, which can cause difficulty breathing or suffocation. Car seats and other baby products are not safe for naps or overnight sleep.
  • Place your baby to sleep on their back — never on their stomach.
  • Do not use a blanket, sheepskin, bumper or comforter in the sleep area with your baby.
  • Do not put soft objects, toys or loose bedding in your baby’s sleep area. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head.
  • Do not place pillows in the crib with your baby or put your baby to sleep on a pillow.
  • Do not smoke in your home.
Prevention & Wellness – 5437

Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness

Contact us for additional information
(502) 629-7358

Safety tips to help prevent teen distracted driving

When your child has newly obtained their driver’s license, handing over the keys can be anxiety inducing for parents. While a new driver can be excited to gain additional freedom and responsibilities, parents are often [...]

Read Full Story

Norton Children’s receives $6 million from the state to combat child abuse

With Kentucky still outpacing the nation in instances of child abuse, state officials and Norton Children’s announced $6 million from the Kentucky General Assembly aimed at reducing the number of child deaths and injuries related […]

Read Full Story

Recognizing child abuse during a pandemic

Typically, a drop in the number of calls to child protective services would be cause for great celebration and taken as a sign of less child abuse and neglect. Not this time. You see, we […]

Read Full Story

How to prevent heart disease in children

In many cases, preventing heart disease in children can be accomplished with lifestyle changes. Preventable heart disease in children is increasing, likely tied to a widespread increase in childhood obesity. According to the Centers for […]

Read Full Story

How to dress a baby for cold weather

Although babies can go outside when it’s cold, their bodies aren’t equipped to handle the extreme temperatures yet. They shouldn’t be out in the elements for very long, and there are some precautions to take […]

Read Full Story
Related Stories

Safety tips to help prevent teen distracted driving

When your child has newly obtained their driver’s license, handing over the keys can be anxiety inducing for parents. While a new driver can be excited to gain additional freedom and responsibilities, parents are often [...]

Read Full Story

Norton Children’s receives $6 million from the state to combat child abuse

With Kentucky still outpacing the nation in instances of child abuse, state officials and Norton Children’s announced $6 million from the Kentucky General Assembly aimed at reducing the number of child deaths and injuries related […]

Read Full Story

Recognizing child abuse during a pandemic

Typically, a drop in the number of calls to child protective services would be cause for great celebration and taken as a sign of less child abuse and neglect. Not this time. You see, we […]

Read Full Story

How to prevent heart disease in children

In many cases, preventing heart disease in children can be accomplished with lifestyle changes. Preventable heart disease in children is increasing, likely tied to a widespread increase in childhood obesity. According to the Centers for […]

Read Full Story

How to dress a baby for cold weather

Although babies can go outside when it’s cold, their bodies aren’t equipped to handle the extreme temperatures yet. They shouldn’t be out in the elements for very long, and there are some precautions to take […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.