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ABC's of Sleeping Babies

What is the safest way for your baby to sleep? Babies sleep safest when... they sleep alone on their back in an uncluttered crib or another safe sleep surface. Follow these simple "ABCs of Sleeping Babies" for guidance:



  • We, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend that the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).


  • Unless otherwise instructed by a pediatrician, an infant should always sleep on its back, on a firm, flat surface.
  • An infant sleeping on its side or stomach faces an increased risk of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID).
  • Infants should sleep without the aid of wedges and cushions.


  • Railings should be no more than 2 3/8 inches apart - tight enough that a soda can not fit through them.
  • The mattress should be firm, flat, and covered with a tight, fitted sheet.
  • Keep your baby's crib clutter-free - no blankets, pillows, bumper pads, stuffed animals, etc.
  • Waterbeds, futons, recliners, and sofas are not acceptable substitutes for a crib.

Safe Sleep Posters

Safe Sleep Videos

"What is Safe Sleep for Babies?" (from the Charlie's Kids Foundation)

"Room Share, Don't Bed Share" (from the Charlie's Kids Foundation)

Additional videos:

Alabama Collaborative on Safe Sleep

The Collaborative has produced a Position Statement providing valuable information about safe sleep issues and providing contact information for resources. The Collaborative has also developed a Step-by-Step Blueprint for the use of providers who are working to make the sleep environments in their facilities safer for infants.

For more information on preventing infant sleep-related deaths, please view the following sites: CDC-Sudden Infant Death (SUID), Updated 2022 AAP Recommendations, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and First Candle.

Page last updated: January 26, 2024