Safe Sleep for Babies

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death of a baby and often happens during sleep. Research shows that certain factors and situations increase the risk for SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths, such as from suffocation. Click here for the full list of risk factors.

Since the Back to Sleep Campaign was introduced in 1994, SIDS has been reduced by over 40 percent. Here are some key tips and education resources provided by Safe Sleep Kansas to help give your baby a safe sleep environment.

  • Placing babies on their backs is the number one way to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Place your baby in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and well-fitting sheets.
  • Cribs should be free from toys, soft bedding, blankets and pillows.
  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the room with you, but not in your bed.
  • Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down to sleep.
  • Consider using a wearable blanket or other sleeper instead of a blanket to avoid the risk of overheating. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
  • Talk about safe sleep practices with everyone who cares for your baby.