Reducing the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Infancy

A safe sleep environment can help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, like suffocation. The Safe to Sleep® campaign (formerly the Back to Sleep campaign), available in Spanish, provides a number of resources (many of which can be ordered for free) to help with education and outreach efforts, including:

The American Academy of Pediatrics also provides information on infant sleep and recommendations for caregivers, including How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe that explains their policy statement, a checklist of items for making a baby’s room safe, why "back is best" for an infant’s sleep position, and other information.

Another interactive tool WIC staff can use during their visits with participants is an e-handout that depicts different sleep scenes and environments and can be used to inspire learning conversations.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission provides information on product recalls for infant safety and other safe sleep information for parents, available also in Spanish.

CDC Safe Infant Sleep
Developed by: American Academy of Pediatrics
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality