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Safe Sleep

ABC=Alone on Back in empty Crib. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following:

  • Back to sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface: Infants should be placed on a firm sleep surface (mattress, in a safety approved crib) covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft objects to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation.
  • Breastfeeding: Recommended. Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for the first year of life, but at least for the first 6 months.
  • Keep soft objects and loose bedding away from the infant’s sleep area to reduce the risk of SIDS, suffocation, entrapment, and strangulation.
  • Consider offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth
  • Avoid overheating and head covering in infants
  • Pregnant women should obtain regular prenatal care
  • Infants should be immunized in accordance with recommendations of the AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Avoid the use of commercial devices that are inconsistent with safe sleep recommendations
  • Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize development of positional pagiocephaly

Additional Safe Sleep Resources

Safe Sleep Flyer

American Academy of Pediatrics