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Safe Sleep Environment Recommendations

  • Place infant on back (supine) to sleep for every sleep.
  • Place infant on firm, flat (non-inclined) surface for every sleep, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, portable crib or cradle with a mattress covered with a fitted sheet only.
  • Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
  • Keep infant sleep space in same room as caregivers. Room sharing but not bed sharing. Always place infant in a safety-approved sleep space, not caregiver bed.
  • Never use pillows, loose blankets, quilts, sheepskins, bumper pads, stuffed animals or sleep positioning devices in the infants’ sleep area.
  • Avoid overheating during sleep. Dress infant in light sleep clothes, keep room temperature comfortable for an adult and no hat for sleep.
  • Place crib away from windows with blinds or curtain cords and away from monitors with cords to prevent strangulation.

Additional Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations

  • Feed human milk (breastfeed, pump and feed and/or human donor milk).
  • Caregivers avoid exposure to nicotine, alcohol, marijuana, opioids and illicit drugs.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around infant.
  • Follow routine well checkup and immunization schedule.
  • Offer a pacifier that is not attached to a string or stuffed animal for sleep after breastfeeding is well established.

Interested in learning more? Become a Cribs for Kids ® Safe Sleep Ambassador by visiting this link to register for free, view the module and receive a certificate.

Moon RY, Carlin RF, Hand I; AAP Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; AAP Committee on Fetus and Newborn. Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment. Pediatrics.

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