Safe Sleep for Your Baby
About 3,400 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
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 1,910 in 2011
The proportion of infants placed on their backs to sleep increased from 17% in 1993 to 73% in 2010*
The U.S. SIDS rate dropped by more than 50% since 1993**
* NICHD national Infant Sleep Position Study
** 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 in the same room next to 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://safetosleep.nichd.nih.gov