The exact cause of SIDS remains unknown. However, actions can be taken to help reduce the risks of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.

Ways to reduce the risk of SIDS

  • Always put your baby to sleep on their back on a firm surface.
  • Share your room - not your bed - with the baby. Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone or with anyone.
  • Do not put toys, pillows or loose bedding in your baby’s sleep area.
  • Help keep your baby from overheating by setting the room to a comfortable temperature and making sure they are not overdressed.
  • Do not smoke, drink alcohol or take street drugs.
  • Once your baby is breastfeeding well, consider using a pacifier while sleeping. Do not attach the pacifier to anything like a string or stuffed animal as that increases the risk for choking or suffocation.
  • Give your baby plenty of tummy time when they are awake and someone is watching.

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Additional Information - Newborn care and safety