- Put your baby to sleep on his back
- Keep your baby’s face clear of coverings
- Do not leave loose bedding, pillows, or stuffed toys in the crib
- Do not over-clothe your baby, avoid overheating
- Use a safety-certified crib (JPMA certified)
- Have a firm crib mattress
- Don’t let your baby fall asleep on the sofa, or untied on a swing/ bouncy seat
- Maintain an appropriate temperature on your baby’s room (68 – 72 F)
- Improve the ventilation in your baby’s room
- Avoid exposing your baby to tobacco smoke
- Offer your baby a pacifier (under 12 months old)
Educate babysitters, day-care providers, grandparents, and everyone who cares for your baby about SIDS risk and the importance of observing the advice offered here.
* SIDS: Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death of a child under age 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death. There are no symptoms. SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants 1 month to 1 year old. Though SIDS remains unpredictable, you can help reduce your infant’s risk.