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Safe Sleep for Your Baby

About 3,500 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.

SIDS. The proportion of infants placed on their backs to sleep increased from 27% to 73%.

60%. The U.S. SIDS rate dropped more than 60% between 1994 and 2014. However, the rate of infant deaths from other sleep-related causes has increased.

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 the baby's sleep area in the same room, next to your sleep area.
  • • 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.

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