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Safe Sleep

As a new or expectant parent, it is important to create a safe sleep environment for your baby. Sleep Right, Sleep Tight is a public awareness campaign developed by Prevent Child Abuse Florida in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families and community stakeholders. The campaign provides information about how to keep your baby as safe as possible so everyone can rest easier.

Did you know?

  • Suffocation and strangulation in an adult bed is the leading cause of injury-related death for Florida infants under age 1.
  • The risk of sleeping-related infant death is 40 times higher for babies who sleep in adult beds compared to babies who sleep in their own cribs.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies are safest when sleeping alone, on their backs, in a crib in the parents' room* for the first year of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends the following:

  • The crib should be undamaged and meet current Consumer Product Safety guidelines www.cpsc.gov
  • The crib mattress should fit tightly in its frame and have a snug fitted sheet.
  • No other objects should be placed in the crib.
  • Offering a pacifier has also been linked to a decreased risk of SIDS -- for breastfed infants, delay pacifier introduction until 1 month of age to ensure breastfeeding is firmly established.

*If the parent or their partner smokes in the bedroom, the crib should be placed in a room that is smoke free.

Safe sleep educational materials listed below may be downloaded and reproduced free of charge. To obtain higher resolution files for professional printing, please contact Jennifer Hartshorne at jhartshorne@ounce.org.

Governor Rick Scott proclaims October Safe Sleep Awareness Month.

Help Floridians understand the importance of creating safe sleep environments for infants. We invite partners to participate in our safe sleep social media campaign by downloading and using our social media toolkit. Download the social media toolkit here.


Safe Sleep Brochures and Tip Sheets


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