Safe sleep is simple

Babies should always sleep alone on their backs, in an approved crib or bassinet, with no blankets, pillow, crib bumpers or toys.

  • Your baby is safe when placed on his or her back in a crib or bassinet each and every time he or she sleeps. Even five minutes in an unsafe sleep place could cause death.
  • The crib or bassinet should have no blankets, bumpers or toys. Your baby can become stuck in them or roll into them and suffocate.
  • Your baby should never sleep with a parent or a sibling. Many people think that rolling over on the baby is the greatest danger, but there are many cases where babies who slept on or with another person did not get enough oxygen and quietly suffocated.
  • Even a few minutes on an adult bed is risky for your baby. Soft bedding and pillows can be too close to a baby’s mouth and nose, limiting his access to oxygen and causing him to slowly suffocate.
  • Sofas and chairs are also very dangerous for your baby because they have slanted or uneven surfaces which can lead to the baby rolling off or against a surface that impedes breathing. Your baby should sleep in a crib, on his or her back every time he or she sleeps.
  • It’s your baby. It’s your choice. Tell everyone who cares for your baby about safe sleep and insist on your baby sleeping in a safe place.