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Prevention of SIDS

Your baby's sleeping needs are straightforward: a safe crib with a firm, flat, mattress.

To decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS):

  • Your baby should always be placed on his or her back when it is time to sleep.
  • The sleeping surface should be firm and flat with no bumper pads, blankets, soft objects, loose bedding or stuffed toys.
  • Use a sleep sack for baby instead of blankets.
  • Never place your baby to sleep on an adult bed, sofa or chair, pillows, quilts or blankets.
  • Baby should always sleep alone in their safety-approved crib, bassinet or portable play area.
  • Breastfeed your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS or sleep-related death.
  • Do not smoke around baby or expose baby to smoke.