SIDS is a term used to describe the sudden and unexplained death of a baby. It’s the leading cause of death and babies 1 to 12 months old. Children can also die during sleep if they can’t breathe. Bedding and other things in the crib can trap the baby or cut off the air supply.
Although there is no absolute way to prevent SIDS, there are things you can do to get help to help your baby sleep more safely. Be sure babysitters, grandparents, and other caregivers also know how to put your baby down for naps or sleep safely.
ABCs of safe sleep
A stands for alone.
Your baby should sleep alone, not with other people, pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals.
B stands for Back.
Your baby should always be placed on their back not their side or stomach.
C stands for Crib.
Your baby should sleep in a crib, not on an adult bed sofa cushion or other soft surface.
Basic guidelines for safe sleep:
Make a safe sleep area (see ABC’s of safe sleep)
Always lay your baby down on their back to sleep, even for naps
Keep baby’s head and face uncovered so they don’t get too hot
Share your room with your baby but not your bed
Breastfeed to lower your baby’s risk of SID’s
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