Safe Sleep Recommendations for Infants Under One Year

October 05, 2021

Infant sleeping safely in a crib

Congratulations on the sweet addition to your family! This time can be very overwhelming as you soak up all the latest “parenting” recommendation and strategies. We all know how important sleep is, so whether you have a newly renovated nursery or are using a pack-and-play, please remember these tips to help reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

SUIDS is when an infant unfortunately passes away from unknown causes, Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) or accidental suffocation/strangulation in bed (CDC, 2021). Safe Sleep should be used for all infants under the age of one year.

Recommendations to adhere to Safe Sleep guidelines

  • Place your infant in a safe sleep environment by themselves. This can be a bassinet, pack-and-play or crib.
  • Your infant should be placed on their back to sleep.
  • Room sharing is great! Remember to not co-sleep (have your infant in bed with you). Your infant should have their own safe space.
  • Bumpers, clothing, loose blankets, hats, stuffed animals, pillows or diapers are not recommended to be used or stored in your infants sleep space.
    • Make sure there isn’t anything that has the potential to cover your infant’s face.
  • Please use a firm mattress with a tight fitted sheet.

Remember the ABCs OF SAFE SLEEP

A. Infants should sleep Alone.

B. Place infants on their Back.

C. Use a Crib or safe environment.

If you have any questions regarding Safe Sleep or your child’s development, please ask your pediatrician.