To make sure your baby (birth to one year old) is as safe as possible:
Always put your baby to sleep on his/her back.
Make sure no one smokes around your baby.
Breastfeed your baby.
Put your baby to sleep in the room where you sleep.
Remove soft fluffy bedding, pillows, stuffed toys and bumper pads from your baby’s sleep area.
Try a sleep sack instead of a blanket.
Avoid placing your baby to sleep on soft things like couches or upholstered chairs, waterbeds, beanbag chairs, quilts or comforters.
Talk with grandparents and other caregivers about this safe sleep information.
Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. This helps to reduce the risk of SIDS. If you are breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is going well before offering a pacifier. This usually takes 3 to 4 weeks. It's OK if your baby doesn't want to use a pacifier. You can try offering again, but some babies don't like to use pacifiers. If your baby takes a pacifier and it falls out after he falls asleep, you don’t have to put it back in.
Use a firm sleep surface.
Avoid overheating and head covering.
Please talk to you healthcare provider about any concerns you may have.
It can be unsafe to sleep with your baby if:
Your baby is less than 4 months old.
Your bed has pillows, quilts, or comforters.
You share the bed with pets or other children.
You are sleeping on a soft surface such as a waterbed, old mattress, sofa, couch or armchair.
You or your partner:
Has taken drugs, alcohol, or medications that make you sleepy