Safe Sleep for Baby

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    Separate Sleeper

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    Soft Surfaces

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    Loose Items

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    Comfy Crib

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    No Smoking

Separate Sleeper

Place your baby’s separate, safe sleep space near your bed. No bed sharing!

Soft Surfaces

Never place your baby to sleep on top of any soft surface. This includes adult beds, sofas, chairs, waterbeds, pillows, cushions, comforters, and sheepskins.


Make sure your baby’s room is well-ventilated and a comfortable temperature.

Loose Items

Never put anything soft, loose, or fluffy in your baby’s sleep space, including Boppy® Pillows.

Comfy Crib

Use a crib that meets current safety standards. The mattress should be firm and fit snuggly in the crib.

No Smoking

Never expose your baby to cigarette smoke!

Sleeping Safe and Sound

In 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending parents put their babies to sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Since its inception, the Back-to-Sleep campaign (now called Safe-to-Sleep) is credited with reducing SIDS deaths by more than 50%.

Each year in the United States, more than 4,500 infants die suddenly of no immediate, obvious cause. The majority of these deaths are the result of unsafe sleep practices are preventable.*


First Candle + The Boppy Company

As a leading national nonprofit dedicated to the survival of babies throughout the first years of life, First Candle is partnering with The Boppy Company to educate parents on the importance of safe sleeping practices for infants. First Candle applauds Boppy for, “their efforts to ensure that every parent understands the importance of protecting their baby while they sleep.”

Source: Safe Sleep and Your Baby: How Parents Can Reduce the Risk of SIDS and Suffocation (Copyright © 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics)

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*Source: First Candle

What You Can Do

Safe Sleeping Position

Firm Sleeping Surface

Crib Safety

Sleep in the Same Room, not the Same Bed

Breastfeed Often

Well-Child Visits

No Smoke

Do not let your baby get too hot

Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime

Avoid Cardiorespiratory Monitors

Avoid products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS

Remember Tummy Time

What expectant moms can do

  • Schedule and go to all prenatal doctor visits.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs while pregnant and after birth. Stay away from smokers and places where people smoke.