Tips To Keep my Baby Safe while Sleeping


There are a number of things you can do to keep your baby safe while he or she is napping or sleeping.

  • Place your baby to sleep on his or her back unless your baby’s health care provider has told you differently. This is the best and most important way you can lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • The safest place for a baby to sleep is in a crib that is close to a parent or caregiver’s bed.
    • Use a crib and crib mattress that meet the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Society for Testing and Materials.
    • A safety-approved bassinet or portable play area may also be used for sleeping.
    • Do notroutinely put your baby to sleep in a car seat, carrier, or swing.
  • Do notover-bundle your baby with clothes or blankets. Adjust the room temperature if you are worried about your baby being cold.
    • Keep quilts, comforters, and other loose bedding out of your baby’s crib. Use a light, thin blanket tucked in at the bottom and sides of the bed, and place it no higher than your baby’s chest.
    • Do notcover your baby’s head with blankets.
    • Keep toys and stuffed animals out of the crib.
    • Do notuse duvets, sheepskins, crib rail bumpers, or pillows in the crib.
  • Do notlet your baby get too hot. Dress your baby lightly for sleep. The baby should not feel hot to the touch and should not be sweaty.
  • A firm mattress is necessary for a baby’s sleep. Do notplace babies to sleep on adult beds, soft mattresses, sofas, cushions, or waterbeds.
  • Do notsmoke around your baby, especially when he or she is sleeping. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). If you smoke when you are not around your baby or outside of your home, change your clothes and take a shower before being around your baby. Otherwise, the smoke remains on your clothing, hair, and skin.
  • Give your baby plenty of time on his or her tummy while he or she is awake and while you can supervise. This helps your baby’s muscles and nervous system. It also prevents the back of your baby’s head from becoming flat.
  • Once your baby is taking the breast or bottle well, try giving your baby a pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and bedtime.
  • If you bring your baby into your bed for a feeding, make sure you put him or her back into the crib afterward.
  • Do notsleep with your baby or let other adults or older children sleep with your baby. This increases the risk of suffocation. If you sleep with your baby, you may not wake up if your baby needs help or is impaired in any way. This is especially true if:
    • You have been drinking or using drugs.
    • You have been taking medicine for sleep.
    • You have been taking medicine that may make you sleep.
    • You are overly tired.

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