For Parents

We know that caring for your baby and keeping him or her safe is your top priority.  We also understand that sometimes financial hardships, housing issues and lack of resources don’t allow for creating a completely safe sleep environment for your baby.  We also realize that term “safe sleep” might be confusing.

Below are the most important things you should know about safe sleep.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but on a separate surface, such as a crib or bassinet, and never on a couch, armchair or soft surface — to decrease the risks of sleep-related deaths.

In fact, room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.

Breastfeeding is also recommended as adding protection against SIDS. After feeding, the AAP encourages parents to move the baby to his or her separate sleeping space, preferably a crib or bassinet in the parents’ bedroom.

New AAP Safe Infant Sleep guidelines added for 2016 include the following:

In addition to new guidelines, the AAP maintains the following recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation: