Safe Sleep for Baby: The ABCs of Infant Sleep

Oct 1, 2022 | Key Sleep Tips, Naps

Alone, on their Back, in a Crib – this is what we call the ABCs of safe infant sleep, and it’s how the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends babies sleep, for the safety sleep possible for babe.

1. Alone: Baby should sleep alone, rather than in the same sleep space as a parent/caregiver. Note: The AAP does advise the safest place for baby to sleep is the same room as their caregiver.(Also, keep the room cool and smoke-free!)

2. On their Back: Baby should be placed on their back for sleep.

3. In a Crib: The AAP recommends use of a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards. The crib should be empty (no loose bedding or toys). The mattress should be firm, with no gaps where a baby’s face could become stuck; it should be thicker than 6 inches, and there should not be a gap of more than 3 cm between the mattress and any part of the crib’s sides. For a crib mattress we LOVE, check out Obasan, and use code HAPPYSLEEP at checkout for a free wool moisture pad!

For more safe sleep advice, head to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Erin Junker is a Professional Infant & Toddler Sleep Consultant, and owner of The Happy Sleep Company, working closely with tired parents to help them help their little ones get the healthy, restful sleep they need. Follow The Happy Sleep Company on Instagram and Facebook – let’s get your family the healthy, happy sleep you deserve!

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The advice provided by The Happy Sleep Company is not a substitute for medical advice. The advice on this website is provided solely for informational purposes in connection with common early childhood sleep issues that are wholly unrelated to medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health practitioner with questions regarding medical conditions or the health or welfare of your child.