ABC's of Sleeping Babies
Babies sleep safest when... they sleep alone on their back in an uncluttered crib or other safe sleep surface. Follow these simple "ABC's of Sleeping Babies" for guidance:
- We, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend that the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
- Unless otherwise instructed by a pediatrician, an infant should always sleep on its back.
- An infant sleeping on its side or stomach faces increased risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID).
- Infants should sleep without the aid of wedges and cushions.
- Railings should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart - tight enough that a soda can will not fit through them.
- The mattress should be firm and covered with a tight, fitted sheet.
- Keep your baby's crib clutter-free - no quilts, duvets, bumper pads, stuffed animals, etc.
- Waterbeds, futons, recliners and sofas are not acceptable substitutes for a crib.
Page last updated: April 11, 2017