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Safe Sleep

Making sure your baby is sleeping safely during naps and throughout the night is extremely important. By learning and following Safe Sleep tips, you and those caring for your baby can reduce the risk of Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS)—a sudden, unexplained death of an infant under age 1—and Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths (SUID)—deaths caused by suffocation or accidents during sleep.

How can I lower my baby’s risk of SIDS/SUID?

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Place your baby on a firm sleep surface, such as on a safety approved* crib mattress, covered by a fitted sheet. No pillows, quilts, sheepskins or blankets.
  • Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. No pillow-like bumper pads.
  • Do not allow smoking around your baby.
  • Keep your baby’s sleep area close to you but separate from where you sleep.
  • Think about offering a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to sleep. If you are breastfeeding, wait until your child is one month old or is used to breastfeeding before using a pacifier.
  • Do not let your baby overheat during sleep. Keep baby in light sleepwear and a room temperature that is comfortable for an adult.
  • Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Do not use home monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • To reduce the chance that flat spots will develop on baby’s head, provide “Tummy Time.” When the baby is awake and someone can watch him, place the baby on his or her stomach and allow him to exercise his head, neck and shoulder muscles.
  • Don’t let your baby sleep in your bed and don’t fall asleep with baby on a couch or armchair. Make sure to place your baby back in his or her own space following feedings and cuddling.
  • Don’t let your baby sleep in a car seat, infant carrier, bouncy seat, swing or other product, and don’t leave your baby unattended using these products.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (11/2005). Safe Sleep for Your Baby
*For crib safety guidelines, contact the Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Off Site Icon toll free at (800) 638-2772.

The PIERCE Project

  Pierce Project

Atrium Medical Center has launched The PIERCE Project, which stands for Protecting Infants Early Reduces Catastrophic Events. The goal of this project is to reduce the risks of sudden infant death by providing consistent, accurate information to healthcare professionals, childcare providers, families and others involved in the care of infants.

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Internet Resources

For more information about SIDS, SUID and Safe Sleep, visit:

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