Babies depend on parents and caregivers to make sure they are safe when they sleep and protect them from harm. Yet, every year babies die in unsafe sleep environments. Creating a safe sleep environment by placing babies on their backs for sleep in close proximity to the parents, but on a separate, firm surface free of blankets and pillows, has been shown to reduce the number of infants who die in sleep. Several state agencies are available to assist, and educate, parents, childcare providers, doctors and nurses about safe sleep. This website provides details and information for parents/caregivers, healthcare providers, childcare providers and additional resources.
DPH Infant Safe Sleep Policy
In 2012, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a department-wide internal policy for all of its child-serving programs to follow with regard to infant safe sleep environments. The policy was unanimously endorsed by the State Child Fatality Review Team and all of the other state child-serving agencies began incorporating the policy into their own practices. The DPH Infant Safe Sleep Policy is based upon the most recent American Academy of Pediatrics safe sleep recommendations. It is not intended to be used as a handout for parents and caregivers, it is provided here to be used as a reference or model policy by professional providers.
For more information, please send your inquiries to SafeSleep@State.MA.US. Or, visit Safe to Sleep Website.