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Safe Sleep Facts

With all the information being thrown at new moms, it's tough to sort out fact from fiction. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations are based on science and extensive research. The full text of the AAP recommendations is available here. Follow these guidelines to keep your baby safe:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • Don't use wedges and sleep positioners.
  • Pregnant women should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).   
 

Resources
Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep Brochure

Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep Brochure (Mandarin)

Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep Brochure (Somali)

Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep Brochure (Spanish)

Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep Flyer

Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep Poster

Ohio Department of Health Safe Sleep TV PSA 30 second

More information:
Child Fatality Review Program
FAQs from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Page Updated: 10/21/2014