Welcome! Explore this room to see how you can create a safe sleep environment for baby in your home. Please note that this room is intended for illustrative purposes only, and the advice contained within can be adapted to a room of any shape or size.
1 — Adult Bed
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a baby lying on its back in a crib next to an adult bed with a woman on it.
Share your room with baby. Keep baby in your room close to your bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for baby’s first year, but at least for the first 6 months.
2 — Breastfeeding
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a mother breastfeeding an infant.
Breastfeed to reduce the risk of SIDS. Breastfeeding has health benefits for mother and baby. If you feed baby in your bed, remove all bedding and soft items. If you fall asleep, place baby back in a separate sleep area when you wake up.
3 — Portable Crib
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a baby lying on its back.
Always place baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
4 — Crib Mattress
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a crib.
Use a firm, flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib, covered by a fitted sheet with no other bedding or soft items in the sleep area. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has more information on crib safety.
5 — Positioner
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a set of crib bumpers with a slash through them.
Avoid products, like positioners, that go against safe sleep recommendations, especially those that claim to prevent or reduce SIDS risk.
Do not use heart or breathing monitors to reduce the risk of SIDS.
6 — Teddy Bear
GRAPHIC: The icon displays toys with a slash though them.
Do not put soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, or loose bedding under baby, over baby, or in baby’s sleep area, crib, or bassinet.
7 — Chair
GRAPHIC: The icon displays an armchair with a slash through it.
Couches and armchairs can be very dangerous for babies, especially if adults fall asleep as they feed, comfort, or bond with baby while on these surfaces. Parents and other caregivers should avoid this furniture if they may fall asleep.
8 — Pacifier
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a one-piece pacifier.
Think about giving your baby a pacifier for naps and nighttime sleep to reduce the risk of SIDS. Wait until breastfeeding is well established (often by 3 to 4 weeks) before offering a pacifier, and don’t attach it to strings, clothes, or other items.
9 — Thermostat
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a thermometer with a slash through it.
Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
Dress baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket, to ensure warmth without the need for loose blankets in the sleep area and keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for you.
10 — Calendar
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a stethoscope.
To reduce the risk of SIDS, follow guidance from your healthcare provider on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.
11 — Safe to Sleep® Brochure
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a lit cigarette with a slash through it.
To reduce the risk of SIDS:
- Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around baby or in baby’s environment.
- Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and using marijuana or illegal drugs during pregnancy and after the baby is born.
12 — Blanket
GRAPHIC: The icon displays a baby lying on its stomach with its head and chest raised.
Give your baby plenty of tummy time when he or she is awake and someone is watching.