Safety Tips

If your baby is under 12 months old, you can help prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), suffocation, and strangulation by following these three tips:

Baby in Crib

  1. Place your baby to sleep on his or her back.
  2. Remove all soft bedding from the crib.
  3. Put your baby to sleep in a safe crib.

Why follow these tips?

  1. Babies who sleep on their backs have a much lower risk of dying from SIDS and suffocation. African American babies die from SIDS at more than twice the rate of other babies.
  2. A baby can suffocate from soft bedding in a crib. Be sure to remove all pillows, quilts, comforters, and sheepskins from your crib.
  3. A safe crib is the best place for your baby to sleep. Make sure your crib has:

no missing or broken hardware and slats no more than 2 3/8″ apart

no corner posts over 1/16″ high

no cutout designs in the headboard or footboard

a firm, tight-fitting mattress

a safety certification seal (on new cribs)