Safe Sleep For Baby

About 90 babies die each year in New York State from sleep-related causes. Right from the start, help your baby sleep safely every time sleep begins.

Keep Your Baby Safe

Follow the ABCs of safe sleep:

  • A – Alone. Baby should sleep Alone.
  • B – Back. Put baby on their Back.
  • C – Crib. Put baby in a safe Crib

Remember: Alone. Back. Crib.

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  • Put baby on his/her back to sleep – even if baby was born early (premature).
  • Your baby should not sleep with adults or other children.
  • Share your room, not your bed. Room-sharing lets you keep a close watch over your baby while preventing accidents that might happen when baby is sleeping in an adult bed.
  • Nothing should be in the crib except baby; no pillows, bumper pads, blankets or toys.


  • Put baby to sleep on his/her back, not on his or her tummy or side.
  • Put your baby on their tummy every day when baby is awake. Watch and encourage your baby. "Tummy time" helps baby develop strong shoulder and neck muscles.


  • If baby falls asleep on a bed, couch, armchair, or in a sling, swing or other carrier, put baby in a crib to finish sleeping.
  • Use a safety-approved* crib/bassinet/play yard with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.
  • DO NOT USE A DROP-SIDE CRIB. Federal safety standards do not allow drop-side rail cribs to be made or sold.
  • Before you buy or use any crib/bassinet/play yard check the CPSC recall list at: to make sure it has not been recalled.

* For crib safety information, go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

General Information

  • Use a one-piece sleeper. Don't use blankets.
  • Be sure baby is not too warm.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Try using a pacifier for sleep but don't force baby to take it.
  • Get your baby immunized.
  • If your baby is in a front or back baby carrier, be sure that baby's face is always visible.
  • Never use a car seat, baby swing, carriage or other carrier without properly fastening all the straps. Babies have been caught in partially-fastened straps and died.
  • Make sure no one smokes in your home or around your baby.
  • Don't use alcohol or drugs.
  • Don't rely on home baby monitors to be sure that baby is safe.

Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID):

About 1,200 NYS infants under one year of age die each year. Most of these deaths are attributed to congenital abnormalities and birth defects, multiple births, prematurity and low birth weight, infections and diseases. About 7.5% of NYS infant deaths are referred to as sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) and are attributed to either unsafe sleep practices or, because no cause can be identified, labeled as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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