Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), also known as sudden unexpected death in infancy is a term used to describe any sudden and unexpected death, whether explained or unexplained, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and ill-defined deaths that occur during infancy. SIDS is a subcategory of SUID and is a cause assigned to infant deaths that cannot be explained after a thorough case investigation. (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics).

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), which includes Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), is the leading cause of injury death in infancy. Sleep can be a big challenge for families with babies but following safe sleep recommendations can prevent many SUID fatalities. 

To create a Safe Sleep Environment:

* A crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that follows the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. For information on crib safety, contact the CPSC at (800) 638-2772 or

To learn more about safe sleep, download the informative Safe Sleep guide in English or Spanish, courtesy of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.