Safe Sleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths are a leading cause of post-neonatal mortality in Northeast Florida. Inappropriate bedding, not on back to sleep and not in an infant bed were among the top risk factors associated with these deaths. Comprehensive awareness and informational campaigns have been credited with changing behavior and reducing sleep-related deaths.

The American Academy of Pediatrics first released recommendations on safe sleep practices in 1992. Read their latest recommendations, released October 2011, here

For information on crib recalls, visit the Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s Crib Information Center.


  • Baby is on his⁄her back for naps & at night.
  • Baby is alone in bed.
  • There is no smoking near baby.
  • No pillows, stuffed animals, bumper pads or toys are in the crib with baby.
  • If a blanket is used, it is tucked in. The blanket is not thick.
  • Baby is on a firm mattress. The sheet fits tightly.
  • Baby is in a safe crib.
  • Baby is dressed in light sleep clothing.

Resources for Physicians & Agencies

The Healthy Start Coalition has materials available for physicians and community agencies that would like to promote safe sleep. Please download and print the following or call 904.723.5422 x113 for hard copies: