Safe Sleep Steps
- Baby should sleep alone in a crib, portable crib or bassinet.
- Always put baby on back to sleep even when he/she can roll over.
- No pillows, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals or other soft things should be in the sleep area.
- Keep baby's face uncovered during sleep for easy breathing. Use a sleeper instead of a blanket.
- Don't allow anyone to smoke around the baby.
- Don't overheat the baby. Dress the baby in as much or as little clothing as you are wearing.
- Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.
- Place baby in the same sleep position every time.
Please share this information with all family, friends, and other child care providers who may care for your baby to ensure they follow the safe sleep steps.
Babies are dying because they are put to sleep in places that are not safe. Babies always need a safe sleep place. Parents whose babies have died want other parents to know:
Babies are not safe sleeping on a couch, pillow or anything soft.
Babies are not safe sleeping with other children, adults or pets.
Babies are not safe sleeping in adult beds. If you feed your baby in bed, put your baby back into his/her crib to sleep.
Safe Sleep Checklist
Does your baby sleep and nap in a crib, portable crib or bassinet approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)? Find out how to determine if your baby's crib is safe.
When babies are awake, they occasionally need to be on their tummy, but only if someone is watching. If the baby falls asleep on his/her tummy, place the baby on his/her back to sleep in a safe sleep place.
For more information on Infant Safe Sleep, view the AAP Healthy Children website for tummy time.