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The American Academy of Pediatrics policy on Safe Sleep is intended to reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID). SUID is the 3rd leading cause of infant death nationally and in Kentucky.


SUID includes SIDS, suffocation, asphyxia, entrapment, and trauma. The most common risk factor for SUID and SIDS is an infant sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment. The most common sleep-related risk factors include: bed sharing or co-sleeping, sofa/couch sleeping, soft or loose bedding, soft objects in the bed, use of an adult bed, or infant placed in prone (stomach) or side laying position.






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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep policy includes:
  • Placing baby on their back for every sleep time;
  • Placing baby on a firm sleep surface. Sitting devices such as car seats, strollers, swings, infant carriers and infant slings are not recommended for routine sleep;
  • Placing baby in the same room where the parents sleep but not on the same bed (room sharing without bed sharing);
  • Keeping soft objects, loose bedding, or any objects that could increase risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib. These objects include pillows, blankets and bumper pads;
  • Not using wedges and positioners;
  • Breast feeding as much and as long as the mother can;
  • Offering a pacifier at nap time and bedtime. With breast feeding infants, delay pacifier introduction until breast feeding is firmly established, usually 3-4 weeks;
  • Not letting the baby get too hot. In general, infants should be dressed appropriately for the environment, with no more than 1 layer more than an adult would wear to be comfortable in that environment;
  • Scheduling and going to all well-child visits;
  • Keeping baby away from smokers and places where people smoke;
  • Not using home cardiorespiratory monitors or to help reduce the risk of SIDS;
  • and Not using products that claim to reduce the risk of SIDS.

The AAP recommends supervised, awake tummy time daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).


The National Institute of Child Health & Human Development has more information available on its web page at


The following downloadable handouts are from the NICHD web page:

1. Safe Sleep For Your Baby

2. General Ponga a su bebe espanol

3. What Is A Safe Sleep Environment?

4. Cual aparience ambiente espanol

5. Safe Sleep For Your Grandbaby