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Learn the ABCs of Safe Sleep

February 02, 2024


Your Baby Should Sleep Alone

Adult beds are dangerous for babies. 

  • Your baby can get trapped between the bed, wall, or bedframe, and be unable to breathe. 
  • They can suffocate when sleeping on soft surfaces, and smothered by blankets, comforters, and pillows. 
  • They can suffocate in bed when another child or adult rolls over or onto them. 
  • They can roll off the bed and be injured. 

Put them in a baby-safe bed or a crib beside your bed. Your baby will know you’re nearby. 



Your Baby Should Sleep on their Back

Reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) risks. 

  • Put your baby to bed on their back. Make sure to instruct anyone caring for your baby about baby-safe places for sleeping and that they must put your baby to sleep on their back. 
  • Schedule regular infant health check-ups and immunizations. 
  • If you’re able, breastfeed your baby. Breast milk is best because it has antibodies that protect your baby’s health. 
  • Start tummy-time soon after your baby is born as part of their supervised daily play. Tummy-time helps your baby develop and grow stronger. 



Your Baby Should Sleep in a Crib

Your baby is safest sleeping: 

  • On a firm mattress in a baby-safe crib approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 
  • On crib sheets that fit tightly over the mattress. 
  • With no loose blankets, quilts, sheets, or comforters. 
  • With no pillows, soft toys, stuffed animals, or bumpers. 
  • Dressed in a sleeper appropriate for the room’s temperature. Don’t let your baby get overheated. Keep the room temperature comfortable for a lightly-clothed adult. 
  • In a smoke-free home. 


Visit DOH’s Safe Sleep  to learn more about safe sleep environments for infants. 


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