Safe sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,600 babies died from sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) in the U.S. in 2017. SUID occurs in infants younger than 1 year old and has no immediately obvious cause.

The three commonly reported types of SUID include:

  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Unknown cause
  • Accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed

Create a safe sleep environment for baby

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
  • On their Back
  • In a safe Crib

Baby’s sleep area is in the same room as a parent or caregiver

  • Keep room to 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 bed or on a sofa or chair.
  • 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.
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