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Interactive Room

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.

There is an overhead view of a crib with a mattress and fitted sheet next to an adult bed with sheets, two pillows, and a comforter 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.

There is a crib with a mattress and a fitted sheet next to an adult bed with just a fitted sheet. The top sheet, two pillows, and comforter have been removed from the adult bed.

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.

From left to right, there is the white armchair, the crib with a mattress and a fitted sheet, and the adult bed with sheets, two pillows, and a comforter on it.

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.

There is a crib with a mattress and a fitted sheet next to an adult bed with sheets, two pillows, and a comforter on it.

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.

There is a crib with a mattress and a fitted sheet next to an adult bed with sheets, two pillows, and a comforter on it.

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.

There is a corduroy teddy bear sitting on a blanket on top of a dresser.

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.

There is an armchair to the left of a crib.

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.

There are two one-piece pacifiers to the left of a blanket. All items are sitting on top of a chest of drawers.

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.

There is a manual dial thermostat displaying a range of 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit on the wall. It is set to a range of 68 to 72 degrees.

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.

On the wall there is a calendar displaying two appointments, one for a baby’s checkup and one for a breastfeeding group.

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.

The Safe Sleep for Your Baby brochure is sitting on the chest of drawers and is open to the page with information on smoking, alcohol, and using illegal drugs.

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.

The low-angled view of the room shows a checkered quilt on the floor, with a chest of drawers, chair, crib, and adult bed in the background.

Give your baby plenty of tummy time when he or she is awake and someone is watching.