Ways to Reduce Baby’s Risk

A baby is on her back in a bassinet, which is next to her mother's bed. Her mother lies in her own bed and rests her hand on the side of the baby's bassinet.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS reviews all the latest scientific and clinical evidence about SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths and makes recommendations about the most effective ways to reduce baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and sleep-related deaths, such as suffocation.

The actions listed here and in Safe to Sleep® materials and publications are based on the AAP Task Force recommendations. You can read the latest Policy Statement from the AAP Task Force on SIDS external link. To ensure accuracy and alignment with the latest evidence, the members of the Task Force on SIDS also regularly review proposed updates to the Safe to Sleep® messages. The NICHD is grateful for the members’ partnership, time, and expert guidance.

It’s important for all caregivers—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, child care providers, and everyone who might care for baby—to learn about safe infant sleep to help reduce baby’s risk.

  1. * The Consumer Product Safety Commission has more information on crib safety at https://www.cpsc.gov/SafeSleep.