The safest place for a baby to sleep is in the same room with a parent or caregiver, on a separate sleep surface, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or playpen.

It is recommended that babies are always placed on their backs to sleep, even for naps. Babies are placed on their tummies only when awake and supervised by a responsible caregiver.

To prevent overheating, babies should sleep in lightweight clothing, and the room should be kept at a temperature comfortable for an adult.

In 2016, 41 babies died while co-sleeping, which is sharing a bed with adults or other children; 24 babies died while sleeping on their sides or stomachs; and 13 babies died while sleeping on a couch or futon.

Checklist for Parents, Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals
  • Share your room, but not your bed
  • Do not smoke near your baby
  • Keep bedding away from baby’s face
  • Don’t overdress the baby
  • Make sure nothing is in the sleeping area except a tight-fitting sheet
  • Use a new, firm mattress that fits tightly into the crib
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