How to Keep a Baby Safe While Sleeping

By Julie Ryan Evans
Reviewed by Terri Major-Kincade, M.D.
March 11, 2022

A sleeping infant is one of the most peaceful, beautiful sights to behold. As a new parent, you’ll probably love when your baby falls asleep in your arms and also those moments of quiet and rest in your home when you know your little one is snoozing.

During those times, it’s vitally important that you create a safe sleep environment for your baby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 3,400 sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID) occur each year in the United States, which can include deaths caused by sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed, and other unknown causes.

In the face of these grim statistics, the empowering news is that there are safe sleep guidelines that parents and caregivers can follow to help protect sleeping infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a list of recommendations to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths. And the majority of these SIDS prevention tips are things that can easily be done.

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