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Safe Sleep for Your Baby Infographic (Horizontal)

Safe Sleep for Your Baby Horizontal Infographic

Safe to Sleep Infographic - Horizontal

Safe Sleep for Your Baby

About 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation.

Safe to Sleep Campaign launched in 1994, formerly the Back to Sleep campaign

Safe to Sleep mission: to educate parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death

Number of SIDS deaths: 4,669 in 1993 and 2,063 in 2010

The proportion of infants placed on their backs to sleep increased from 17% to 74%

The U.S. SIDS rate dropped by more than 50% since 1993

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Safe Sleep Environment

To reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death:

  • Always place baby on his or her back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps
  • Room share—keep baby's sleep area separate, but in the same room where you sleep
  • Use a firm sleep surface, free from soft objects, toys, blankets, and crib bumpers

Learn more about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids


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Safe to Sleep® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last Updated Date: 10/28/2013
Last Reviewed Date: 10/28/2013