Parents and Caregivers
Creating a Safe Sleep Environment
Learn more about safe sleep environments and reducing the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths by reading the NICHD publication What does a safe sleep environment look like? [PDF-320KB]
CDC supports the 2016 recommendations issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). These recommendations aim to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths, including SIDS. The updated guidelines emphasize that parents and other caregivers should be aware of how tired they are when feeding, comforting, or bonding with baby to avoid falling asleep while on unsafe sleep surfaces such as couches or adult beds. Learn more at the Healthy Children website sponsored by AAP.
CDC collaborates with the National Institutes of Health in its Safe to Sleep campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign. Safe to Sleep has outreach and education activities aimed at reducing infant death from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related infant deaths.
- Page last reviewed: June 22, 2017
- Page last updated: June 22, 2017
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