Safe Sleep

Unsafe sleep practices are one of the leading causes of death for babies (birth to one-year of age) with nearly 1,000 infants dying across the U.S. each year. Most of these tragedies are preventable. In Northeast Florida, an analysis by our case review team of infant sleep-related deaths revealed the following contributing factors: 

      • Suffocation (often associated with bedsharing) 
      • Unsafe sleep environments (adult bed, couch, chair, soft items like bedding, blankets, stuffed animals)  
      • Positioning

Know the ABCs of safe sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: 

 A – Sleep alone 

      • Parents should never sleep with their baby. Babies should ALWAYS be in their own safe sleep space for all naps and at night. Keep your baby’s sleep area in the same room as where you sleep for at least the first six months.

B – Sleep on back   

      • Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die suddenly and unexpectedly than babies who sleep on their stomachs or sides.  

C – Sleep in crib   

      • Use a firm, flat sleep surface such as a crib, bassinet, portable crib or pack-n-play and ensure your baby’s sleep area is free of blankets, pillows, toys and bumper pads. The only thing cute in your baby’s crib should be your baby. 

If you’re in need of a safe space for your baby to sleep, please contact us so we can provide you a free pack-n-play. 

 There’s many free resources for parents and caregivers including:


Safe sleep training for parents & caregivers 

 Safe sleep training/certification for agencies, providers & community partners 


Additional Resources