Baby Needs Her Own Bed

Baby needs her own bed

In the past 20 years, infant suffocation rates have quadrupled due to sharing a bed with a parent or caregiver. Operation Sleep Safely:

  • Educates caregivers in the ABCs of Safe Sleep
      • A – Alone
      • B – on their Back
      • C – in a Crib
  • Provides pack-n-plays to families who do not have a bed or crib for their baby (2,000 families last year)
A $50 donation for a bed can save a baby’s life.
A $25 donation can purchase a SleepSack Swaddle Blanket.



What is SIDS?

No bumpers, pillows, blankets or toys.

A safe sleep environment has no bumpers, pillows, blankets or toys.

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexpected death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation.
  • It is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.
  • Most SIDS deaths happen when babies are between 1 month and 4 months of age.
  • African American and American Indian/Alaska Native babies are at a higher risk of SIDS than infants of other races and ethnicities.
  • SIDS is just one type of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or “SUID,” which includes those from no clear reason, such as SIDS, and those from a known reason, such as suffocation, neglect, homicide, or other sleep-related causes.
  • Since the launch of the Back to Sleep campaign in 1994, the SIDS rate has dropped by more than 50 percent across all populations.  However, the rate has plateaued in recent years.
Place baby on her back for every nap time, nighttime and sleep occasion.

Place baby on her back for every nap time, nighttime and sleep occasion.

Reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death

  • Always place baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS. 
  • Put baby to sleep in a separate sleep area in the same room where you sleep. If you bring baby into your bed to breastfeed, make sure to put him or her back into a separate sleep area, such as a safety-approved crib, bassinet, or portable play area when you are finished.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet, to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of death. Remove all loose bedding, soft objects and toys.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS as well as providing other benefits.
  • Dress baby in light sleep clothing – don’t let the baby get too hot during sleep.
  • If baby rolls over during sleep, there is no need to return him to his back. But keep the sleep area free of soft objects, loose bedding or other objects.

For more information on the Safe to Sleep campaign,
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Safe Sleep brochure
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