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Safe Sleep Guardian

First Candle is leading national nonprofit dedicated to the survival of babies throughout the first years of life. We are proud to continue to partner with them to educate parents on the importance of safe sleeping practices for infants.

In honor of Baby Safety Month, they have launched a Safe Sleep Guardian program. As a long-time brand partner with First Candle, we are honored that Boppy is an inaugural recipient of First Candle’s Safe Sleep Guardian badge. We are committed to continue to only show photos of babies in safe sleep environments. See below for guidelines for a safe sleep image.

Contact us to become a Safe Sleep Guardian at

Guidelines for a Safe Sleep Image


  • Baby is on back.
  • Baby is sleeping alone. Baby’s head is uncovered.
  • Baby is dressed in a wearable blanket or other sleep clothing for warmth, without the use of blankets.
  • Baby is sleeping in a separate sleep space within arm’s reach of Mom, Dad, or other caregiver.

Sleep Space & Surface

  • Crib, bassinet, or other safe space is bare (no blanket, quilt, pillows, bumper pads, sheepskin, stuffed animals, or toys).
  • Bassinet does not have padded sides.
  • Baby is not sleeping on any surface other than a firm mattress (i.e., not on a parent’s chest, adult bed, sofa, chair, or pillow).
  • Mattress fits snugly in crib, bassinet, or other safe space and covered with only a fitted sheet. Crib mattress is at the lowest level for babies old enough to pull up or stand.
  • Crib does not have a drop side.
  • Crib slats appear to be narrow (i.e., not wide enough to fit a soda can through).
  • Baby is not sleeping in a positioner or on a wedge.
  • Baby is not sleeping in car seat, stroller, swing, bouncy seat, infant carrier, infant sling, or a similar product.
  • Baby’s sleep space is not near a window, draperies, blind/shade cords, or electric wires. Baby is not sleeping near a crib gym or mobile.
  • Nothing is hung from or around the crib slats.


  • If Mom is breastfeeding baby in her bed Mom’s eyes are open.
  • Baby’s bassinet or other safe space is empty and visible near Mom’s bed.
  • Mom’s bed is free of sheets, blankets, pillows, and any other item that could obstruct infant breathing if she should fall asleep; other people; and pets.

Other considerations

  • If baby is having tummy time, her eyes are open and an adult is watching.
  • If baby has a pacifier, the pacifier is cordless and not attached to a stuffed toy or baby’s clothing.
  • If baby is swaddled, the blanket used to swaddle baby is thin. The blanket is wrapped no higher than baby’s shoulders (not touching baby’s face or head). The swaddle does not appear to be wrapped too tight; loose ends are tucked under baby.

To learn more about this initiative, click here.


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