How to Do a #SafeSleepSnap Activity
During Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, help encourage safe sleep for babies by sharing messages and images from Safe to Sleep® with the #SafeSleepSnap hashtag.
Or, you can:
- Take a photo of baby in a safe sleep area and share it on your own social media accounts.
- If desired, include yourself with baby, next to the safe sleep area in the photo.
- Have fun with this activity by dressing baby in a fall-themed onesie or in a wearable blanket with your favorite design, a cute quote, or an animated character.
- Make sure your photo follows the Before-You-Post Checklists guidance.
- Use the #SafeSleepSnap hashtag in the post.
- Invite your followers to post their own #SafeSleepSnap photos.
Explore our resources for participating in #SafeSleepSnap:
Review these checklists before you post to make sure your photo and message are ready:
Check Your Photos
- Make sure you are using a safety-approved sleep space.*
- Check whether the crib has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
- Place baby on their back. Baby can be asleep or awake for the photo.
- Remove items from baby’s sleep space—including blankets, pillows, crib bumpers, pets, other children, or stuffed animals/toys. The space should have only a fitted sheet on a firm, flat, and level mattress.
- Remove any infant sleep positioning products or devices, especially those that claim to “prevent” SIDS and sleep-related deaths.
- Take off any apparel, such as a hat or bow, that could increase the risk of choking or strangulation.
- If baby has a pacifier, make sure it is not clipped to baby’s clothing or attached to anything, such as a string or toy.
- Have fun with your photos and posts!
*A crib, bassinet, portable crib, or play yard that follows the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. For information on crib safety, contact the CPSC at 1-800-638-2772 or http://www.cpsc.gov.
Think About Your Messages
- Include a safe infant sleep message with your photo to help spread the word about safe sleep for babies. You can use these sample messages and images from Safe to Sleep® as inspiration.
- Use #SafeSleepSnap and any other parenting hashtags that you follow or use on social media.
- Consider making your Facebook post public so that your post can be seen and shared by others.
- Consider making your Twitter or Instagram account public so that your photo can be seen by others who are using and following #SafeSleepSnap.
Share Posts From Others With Your Social Media Followers
Show your support of SIDS Awareness Month and partners by reposting/retweeting #SafeSleepSnap posts from others. Make sure you:
- Recognize #SafeSleepSnap photos that follow the safe infant sleep guidelines, and congratulate the original posters.
- Learn how to address unsafe sleep messages that tag you or your organization.
- Learn more about safe infant sleep guidelines and how to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Respond to questions and share links to trustworthy resources for more information.
Enhance your social media posts by adding this frame to your photo. Please note that to change the photo in the frame, you will need to use your preferred photo editing website, app, or software.
Download and print this flyer to display in popular locations and share during community events.
- #SafeSleepSnap Flyer With Placeholders for Logos (PDF 660 KB)
Visit one of the following albums to get royalty-free sample photos of babies in safe sleep environments:
- #SafeSleepSnap Flickr Album
- Safe to Sleep® Infographics
- Safe Sleep Environments Flickr Album
- Safe to Sleep® Flickr Images
Add these images to your social media posts and activities during SIDS Awareness Month.
Need some inspiration? Explore sample messages and images from Safe to Sleep®.