Safe Sleep for
|What is SIDS?
SIDS stands for
sudden infant death syndrome. This
term describes the sudden,
unexplained death of an infant
younger than 1 year of age.
Some people call
SIDS "crib death" because many
babies who die of SIDS are found in
their cribs. But, cribs don't cause
What should I
know about SIDS?
providers don't know exactly what
causes SIDS, but they do know:
- Babies sleep safer
on their backs. Babies who sleep
on their stomachs are much more
likely to die of SIDS than
babies who sleep on their backs.
- Sleep surface
matters. Babies who sleep on or
under soft bedding are more
likely to die of SIDS.
- Every sleep time
counts. Babies who usually sleep
on their backs but who are then
placed on their stomachs, like
for a nap, are at very high risk
for SIDS. So it's important for
everyone who cares for your baby
to use the back sleep position
for naps and at night.
What can I do
to lower my baby's risk of
- SIDS is the leading
cause of death in infants
between 1 month and 1 year of
- Most SIDS deaths
happen when babies are between 2
months and 4 months of age.
- African American
babies are more than 2 times as
likely to die of SIDS as white
Indian/Alaskan Native babies are
nearly 3 times as likely to die
of SIDS as white babies.
Here are 10 ways that you and others
who care for your baby can reduce
the risk of SIDS.
Safe Sleep Top 10
1. Always place your
baby on his or her back to sleep,
for naps and at night. The back
sleep position is the safest, and
every sleep time counts.
2. Place your baby on
a firm sleep surface, such as on a
safety-approved crib mattress,
covered by a fitted sheet. Never
place your baby to sleep on
pillows, quilts, sheepskins, or
other soft surfaces.
3. If you use a
blanket, place the baby with feet
at the end of the crib. The
blanket should reach no higher
than the baby's chest. Tuck the
ends of the blanket under the crib
mattress to ensure safety.Keep
soft objects, toys, and loose
bedding out of your baby's sleep
area. Don't use pillows, blankets,
quilts, sheepskins, and
pillow-like crib bumpers in your
baby's sleep area, and keep any
other items away from your baby's
4. Do not allow
smoking around your baby. Don't
smoke before or after the birth of
your baby, and don't let others
smoke around your baby.
5. Keep your baby's
sleep area close to, but separate
from, where you and others sleep.
Your baby should not sleep in a bed
or on a couch or armchair with
adults or other children, but he or
she can sleep in the same room as
you. If you bring the baby into bed
with you to breastfeed, put him or
her back in a separate sleep area,
such as a bassinet, crib, cradle, or
a bedside co-sleeper (infant bed
that attaches to an adult bed) when
6. Always place your
baby on his or her Back to
Sleep.Think about using a clean, dry
pacifier when placing the infant
down to sleep,
but don't force the baby to take
it. (If you are breastfeeding your
baby, wait until your child is 1
month old or is used to
breastfeeding before using a
7. Do not let your baby
overheat during sleep. Dress your
baby in light sleep clothing, and
keep the room at a temperature that
is comfortable for an adult.
8. Avoid products that
claim to reduce the risk of SIDS
because most have not been tested
for effectiveness or safety.
9. Do not use home
monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
If you have questions about using
monitors for other conditions talk
to your health care provider.
10. Your baby needs Tummy
Time! Place babies on their stomachs
when they are awake and someone is
watching. Tummy time helps your
baby's head and neck muscles get
stronger and helps to prevent flat
spots on the head. Reduce the chance
that flat spots will develop on
your baby's head: provide "Tummy
Time" when your baby is awake and
someone is watching; change the
direction that your baby lies in
the crib from one week to the
next; and avoid too much time in
car seats, carriers, and bouncers.
Babies sleep safest on
One of the easiest ways to lower
your baby's risk of SIDS is to put
him or her on the back to sleep, for
naps and at night.
Health care providers used to think
that babies should sleep on their
stomachs, but research now shows
that babies are less likely to die
of SIDS when they sleep on their
backs. Placing your baby on his or
her back to sleep is the number one
way to reduce the risk of SIDS.
But won't my baby choke if he or she
sleeps on his or her back?
No. Healthy babies automatically
swallow or cough up fluids. There
has been no increase in choking or
other problems for babies who
sleep on their backs.
Spread the word!
Make sure everyone who cares for
your baby knows the Safe Sleep Top
Tell grandparents, babysitters,
childcare providers, and other
caregivers to always place your baby
on his or her back to sleep to
reduce the risk of SIDS. Babies who
usually sleep on their backs but who
are then placed on their stomachs,
even for a nap, are at very high
risk for SIDS—so every sleep time
For more information on sleep
position for babies and reducing the
risk of SIDS, contact Safe To
Source - U.S. Department of Health
And Human Services
Browse our selection of
finer toys for babies. All of our
baby toys have been hand-picked,
and tested to ensure they meet
Live And Learn's high quality
standards. And yes, you can get
some great baby toys for under ten
We know many people have
concerns about products made in
China. Although many of the
products we sell are manufactured
there, we have listed all of the
items we sell that are not made in
China on one easy to read web page
Everything We Sell
Live And Learn is the
oldest online toy store. We
feature a wide selection of
classic, educational and specialty
toys, games, gifts, puzzles,
learning aids and more. If you
need assistance, our award winning
customer service team will gladly
answer your questions, make
recommendations and more.