SIDS Prevention Tips

Please note that while these practices are helpful in reducing the risk, SIDS still claims the lives of some babies who possessed no risk factors.

Baby boy with Mommy

  • Put your infant on his/her back to sleep. Always. Babies who are used to sleeping on their backs and then are put to sleep on their stomachs are up to 18 times more likely to die from SIDS.
  • Do not co-sleep with your baby or have your baby sleep in the same bed with other children.
  • SIDS America suggest using The Halo SleepSack Swaddle (www.halosleep.com) and The Miracle Blanket (www.miracleblanket.com). Both are wonderful swaddling blankets, and when he/she begins to bust out of the swaddle, use the Halo SleepSack Wearable Blanket (www.halosleep.com).
  • Put your baby on his/her tummy to play when he/she is awake. Periodic “tummy times” help strengthen your infant’s shoulder and neck muscles.
  • Put your baby to sleep on a firm surface, preferably a firm, sheet-covered crib mattress.
  • Do not place soft objects or loose bedding in the crib. Pillows, stuffed animals, quilts, blankets, comforters, sheepskins, and even bumper pads can be hazardous.
  • Ask your pediatrician to prescribe an apnea monitor. SIDS America recommends the Smart Monitor 2 Apnea Monitor (www.smartmonitor2.respironics.com). It connects the baby via a fabric belt with electrodes that monitor his/her breathing and heart rate. Instead of disrupting your baby's sleep several times a night, you'll be able to quickly glance over at the monitor and see both lights blinking green and know that he/she is just fine.  
  • As a mother, you should take good care of your body and baby's body. Receive prenatal and postnatal care. Do not use drugs or alcohol, and be in tune with your child’s pediatrician about your child’s health needs.
  • During pregnancy and after, do not smoke, and do not allow others to smoke near your baby. Keep your baby away from cigarette smoke at all times.
  • Do not let your baby get overheated. Dress your baby as you would dress. Fever, sweat, damp hair, heat rash, and feeling hot to the touch are signs of an overheated child.
  • Breast feed your baby if possible.
  • After the first month of life, and throughout the first year, offer a pacifier to your infant at bedtime and naptime.