Safe Sleep

Safe Sleep

Infants spend more than 14 hours a day sleeping – and sometimes more! While sleep is an important part of an infant’s development, it can also be a dangerous time if you don’t follow a few simple guidelines. Make sure to follow the ABCs of safe sleep:
  1. Alone. Infants should always sleep alone. The American Academy of Pediatrics warns that babies should never go to sleep with anyone or practice co-sleeping, as this raises the risk for suffocation and other hazards that contribute to SIDS. Alone also means the crib should be empty of toys, stuffed animals and blankets. Instead, dress your baby in light sleep clothes or use a sleep sack (but not a blanket) for extra warmth.
  2. Backs. Infants should always sleep on their backs on a firm surface with a tight-fitting bottom sheet. Soft surfaces like cushy mattresses or sofas are not safe places for a baby to sleep.
  3. Crib. The safest place for a baby is in a crib – not a bed or sofa. A crib should be free and clear of toys, stuffed animals, bumper pads and blankets.

In addition, babies should sleep in a smoke-free environment, as secondhand smoke is dangerous to a baby’s health.

Learn more about safe sleep from the March of Dimes website.