Safe Sleep

Babies sleep safest ABCsABC's of Sleeping Babies

What is the safest way for your baby to sleep? 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.
  • Here is an excellent video about creating a safe sleep environment for your baby.


  • 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.
  • This video explains the latest crib safety standards, so you understand why that crib handed down from your parents may not be the safest option for your infant.

Safe Sleep for Your Baby

The following video was produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health as part of the "Safe to Sleep" campaign.

For more information on preventing infant sleep-related deaths, please view the following sites: CDC-Sudden Infant Death (SUID), Updated 2016 AAP Recommendations, and First Candle.

We are excited to have this new video for grandparents and other trusted caregivers from the Safe to Sleep campaign.

Alabama Collaborative on Safe Sleep

The Collaborative has produced a Position Statement providing valuable information about safe sleep issues and providing contact information for resources. The Collaborative has also developed a Step-by-Step Blueprint for the use of providers who are working to make the sleep environments in their facilities safer for infants.

Available for Download

Infant Safe Sleep Fact Sheet Alabama, 2011-2013
Maternal Safe Sleep Fact Sheet Alabama, 2011-2013
Babies Sleep Safest poster
NICHD Safe to Sleep Brochure

Baby Box Initiative

On March 29, 2017, Alabama became the third state in the nation to launch the Baby Box safe sleep program. Alabama Department of Public Health is among the agencies collaborating to support safe sleep educational efforts. The Department of Human Resources is the lead agency offering a Baby Box to all expecting and new parents in the state. The goal of the Baby Box program is to provide parents the education and resources needed to ensure a safe sleep environment for their infant.

For more information contact Adrienne Johnson of the Department of Human Resources at or 334-242-9500, or go online to

Baby Box Distribution Centers are located throughout the state.

Page last updated: February 1, 2018