Safe Sleeping for Your Baby

Help prevent SIDS and accidental suffocation

Having a newborn is an exciting time for new parents. Learning the best ways to care for your infant while he is sleeping can lead to better rest for both you and him.

Babies are not just small adults, and they need special sleeping arrangements to stay safe. Fortunately, recommendations to put infants to sleep on their backs with no pillows or thick blankets is helping to keep babies safe. Back sleeping helps prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the top cause of death among infants aged 1 month to 1 year.

However, while the number of SIDS deaths over the years has fallen, the number of infants dying of suffocation from sleeping in inappropriate places (adult beds, chairs, sofas and other places not designed for infant sleeping) has dramatically risen. The links below provide information about how to keep you baby safe while he is sleeping—so you can rest easy as well.