Why is this important?

  • Sleep is and will be a big part of your life as a new parent. Taking steps ahead of time will help everyone in the family get the sleep they need! 

  • Researchers have found that healthy babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to die from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), also known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Creating safe sleep routines builds connections with him as he grows. 

SUIDS/SIDS isn’t an illness or disease; it describes the sudden, unexplained death of an apparently healthy infant younger than 1 year old. SUIDS/SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Research has shown that the following will help reduce the risk of SUIDS/SIDS.

Tips for Preparing for Safe Sleep:  

  • After birth, start right away by putting him on his back and on his own bed surface - every sleep and every time, naps included.  

  • Create his own separate safe space to sleep on using a firm mattress. Avoid using the car seat or swing as his bed.

  • Think about breastfeeding your baby - it can be beneficial for him and for you.

  • Simple things can protect your baby, like keeping bumper pads, blankets, and toys out of his sleep space.

  • Share the room – not the bed or couch - to decrease the risk. 

  • Talk with your baby’s caregivers like your co-parent or grandparents to keep his routine consistent.

Keep in mind, pregnancy looks different for everyone. Talk to your medical provider if you have questions about your baby's development.

Let’s read together!

Maisy’s Clothes / La Ropa de Maisy by Lucy Cousins

Related Resources

How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Safe Sleep for Every Baby, Every Time (More Black Birthdays)

New Infant Sleep Recommendations and Strategies (Zero to Three)

Sleep Challenges: Why it Happens, What to Do (Zero to Three)