Safe Bedding Practices for Infants

Babies can suffocate if they are made to sleep without making proper bedding arrangements.




  •  Place baby on his/her back on a firm tight-fitting mattress in a crib that meets current safety standards.
  •  Remove pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, pillow-like stuffed toys, and other soft products from the crib.
  •  Consider using a sleeper or other sleep clothing as an alternative to blankets, with no other covering.
  •  If using a blanket, put baby with feet at the foot of the crib. Tuck a thin blanket around the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby’s chest.
  •  Make sure your baby’s head remains uncovered during sleep.
  •  Do not place baby on a waterbed, sofa, soft mattress, pillow, or other soft surface to sleep.