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
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 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/.