Safe Sleep

Safe Sleep for Infants Birth to 12-Months-Old

The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families is committed to supporting all Rhode Island families who care for a children age(s) birth to 12-months-old in practicing Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Department’s focus on the topic of Infant Safe Sleep is part of a broader cross-system collaboration with the RI Department of Health and key community providers who support families with young children. The Department’s goal is to ensure that families and caregivers have the most up-to- date information to practice safe sleep with their infant.

Each year a number of Rhode Island families experience the tragedy of the loss of an infant child due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In most cases these tragedies could have been avoided through practicing the Infant Safe Sleep recommendations. For a Full Summary of the AAP Recommendations Please Visit the RI Department of Health Website at: Safe Infant Sleep Information for Parents

Key Information for Parents and Caregivers

What parents and caregivers can do to reduce the risk?

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
  • Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet.
    (Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Approved Crib, Bassinette or Pack-an-Play)
  • Do not let your baby sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
  • Keep soft objects (including crib bumpers), toys, and loose bedding out of your baby's sleep area.

What does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?

What Does a Safe Sleep Environment Look Like?
¿Cuál es la apariencia de un ambiente seguro para dormir?