Back to sleep

  • Always place babies on their backs when sleeping.
  • Always place babies in a safety approved crib with a firm mattress.
  • Always remove soft fluffy bedding, stuffed toys, and pillows from the sleep area.
  • Always check to see that the baby’s head is not covered during sleeping.
  • Always place baby in a light clothing to avoid overheating.


Co-sleeping is when a baby sleeps with his or her parents for part of or the whole night. Research shows co-sleeping can be a healthy, positive experience for breastfeeding families and should be considered safe when parents are educated with the following guidelines.

If I choose to share my bed with my baby, how can I do it safely?

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room within arms reach on a firm surface.
  • DO place your baby on his/her back to sleep on a firm mattress that fits snug against the headboard and away from the wall. Babies can easily slip between the wall and bed and suffocate.
  • DO keep the baby’s room temperature comfortable and not overheated.
  • DO use a thin blanket only to cover the baby.
  • DO NOT put your baby to sleep on a waterbed, recliner, futon or sofa.
  • DO NOT sleep with your baby if you are overly tired, or excessively overweight.
  • DO NOT sleep with your baby if you or your partner smokes.
  • DO NOT sleep with your baby if drugs, alcohol or medications causing sleepiness are being used by adults.
  • DO NOT use heavy blankets, pillows, comforters or stuffed animals that could cover your baby’s head and face.
  • DO NOT leave your baby alone in an adult bed or with an older child in bed.