Safe Sleep Tips

  • do-place-calloutPlace baby on his or her back to sleep.
  • A baby’s own sleeping environment is the safest. Place baby to sleep in a crib, bassinet, or Pack ‘n Play.
  • Sleeping with your baby is unsafe; you can accidentally roll onto and suffocate your baby.
  • Bed sharing is especially dangerous if an adult is tired or has taken drugs, alcohol, or medication that makes them drowsy.
  • Adult beds are unsafe; baby can get trapped between the mattress and wall, headboard, footboard, and between pillows and comforters.
  • It is unsafe for baby to sleep on a couch, with or without adult supervision.
  • Breastfeeding is important to baby’s health; BUT place baby in a safe sleep environment when finished breastfeeding.
  • Babies need “tummy time” for normal development, BUT only when they are awake and interacting with mom, dad, or another adult caregiver.
  • Baby’s sleep surface should be firm; use only the mattress that came with the crib, bassinet or play yard. Adding additional mattresses or padding may seem like you are increasing your baby’s comfort but really you are decreasing his or her safety.

  • Baby should not share his or her sleep surface with adults, pets or other children, even his or her own twin.

  • How warm is too warm? Since you won’t be using blankets, all baby has is his or her pajamas to keep him or her warm. Imagine you were sleeping in the baby’s room, in the baby’s pajamas, without a blanket. Would you be too warm? If you would, then so would baby.
  • It is ok to give baby a pacifier. Use a one-piece pacifier, since the two-piece type can come apart and pose a choking hazard. Never tie the pacifier to the crib or to baby’s pajamas: the string could strangle baby.
  • Share your room with baby, but not your bed.
  • Do not use positioners, wedges, boppy pillows, or other devises marketed to enhance baby’s sleep.  All baby needs is a firm, clean surface.
  • Share these tips with everyone who cares for baby: mommy, daddy, grandma, grandpa, babysitter, day care provider… Everyone!

Important Things to Know

  • Provide a smoke-free environment for baby.
  • Never lay baby to sleep on any type of pillow in any position, especially for babies under one.
  • Keep baby’s sleeping environment clear of soft materials, including pillows, quilts, comforters, heavy blankets, bumpers, and stuffed toys.
  • Use appropriately sized sleep garments for baby. Avoid sleepwear with strings or ties.
  • Never lay baby to sleep near appliances, toys, or dangling items. Examples include window treatment cords, wires for electronics, and extension cords.
  • Babies should never sleep with a hot-water bottle or electric blanket, next to a radiator, heater, or fireplace, or in direct sunlight.
  • Do not over bundle baby. Bedroom temperature should be comfortable; not too warm.
  • Bring baby to the pediatrician for all well-visits and stay up to date with immunizations


Safe Sleep for Infants