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 November 2016, 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. Baby’s sleep area is in the same room, next to where parents sleep.
  • There is no smoking near baby.
  • No pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, bumper pads or toys are in the crib with baby.
  • Baby is on a firm and flat  sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib. The sheet fits tightly.
  • Baby is dressed in light sleep clothing, such as a sleep sack/wearable blanket. Do not overbundle. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head.

Join the campaign  to spread the message and save lives. Because all babies  deserve to celebrate their first birthday!

The Northeast Florida Safe Sleep Task Force has materials available for physicians and community agencies that would like to promote safe sleep. Please download and print the following or email Alison Hill at for hard copies and other electronic copies.

Training for Physicians & Agencies

Print Materials for Physicians & Agencies

Websites for All 


The Northeast Florida Safe Sleep Task Force meets to address the issues of babies dying from unsafe sleep practices and what the community can do to tackle the issue. If you’d like to join in on the discussion, contact

The members play a vital role in educating our community with their talented staff and resources. The following organizations participate in the efforts: 

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Become a Cribs for Kids® Safe Sleep Ambassador by taking the online training and obtaining the resources, here.