The resources on this page were selected by the Infant Safe Sleep Partnership based on needs and requests of stakeholders who promote safe sleep in Colorado. If you have a special request for a resource or training that is not listed here, please contact the CFPS Staff.
American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Safe Infant Sleep
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the following for safe infant sleep:
Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.
- Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
- Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
- The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
- Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
- Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
- Breastfeeding is recommended.
- Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
- Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
- Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).
To learn more about the AAP recommendations, read “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion ofRecommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment” and its accompanying Technical Report.
Safe Sleep Promotion / Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) Prevention Strategies
Health education / Public awareness / Media campaigns for:
- Parents, families and caregivers
- Healthcare providers in various settings: hospitals, doctors's offices, etc.
- Childcare workers (licensed and in-home care)
- First Responders (for example, DOSE Training)
- Communities (for example, B'More for Healthy Babies safe sleep work)
See materials from the NIH's Safe to Sleep campaign materials for caregivers and healthcare providers. The campaign also has a Safe to Sleep Promotional E-Toolkit for online and social media.
Infant Safe Sleep Resources
Do you have local prevention efforts that you'd like to update us on? Go to the Prevention Tracking page to fill out a quick form.