picture of a baby sleeping with the caption You can keep me safe while I sleep

The Safe Sleep program in the Division of Violence Injury Prevention strives to educate parents, caregivers, and providers about how to ensure babies, up to 1 year of age, to have a safe and secure environment to sleep in.

Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

  • Always put babies on their back to sleep for naps and at night.
  • Keep babies near, but in their own crib, with a firm mattress and a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Don’t put toys, blankets, pillows, or bumper pads in the crib.
  • Never smoke around babies
  • Breastfeed babies.
  • Keep babies cool — don’t overheat the baby or the room.

For more information, visit www.nichd.nih.gov/sids.

To request infant safe sleep door knob hangers and download the safe sleep flyer, visit the MA Health Promotion Clearinghouse, https://massclearinghouse.ehs.state.ma.us.

Contact Lisa McCarthy at 617-624-5450 or Lisa.McCarthy@State.MA.US.


This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.