AAP Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleep

  • Back to Sleep for every sleep.
  • Use a firm sleep surface.
  • Room-sharing without bed-sharing.
  • Keep soft objects, toys, and loose bedding out of baby’s sleep area.
  • Bumper pads should not be used in cribs.
  • Pregnant Women should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Avoid smoke exposure during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Avoid alcohol and illicit drug use during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Consider offering a clean, dry pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
  • Avoid overheating.
  • Infants should be immunized accordance with recommendations of the AAP and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Avoid commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Do not use home cardiorespiratory monitors as a strategy to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended to facilitate development and to minimize development of a flat head.