Contractors must establish, train staff on, implement & enforce a system of safe sleep practices to ensure children are protected from injury, suffocation or strangulation in a crib.

All infants will have a sleep environment that prevents injury & decreases the risk of SIDS. 

Video produced by American Academy of Pediatrics



Interpreting regulations & putting them into practice can be challenging. Below are strategies to ensure this component is met:


What is SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden & unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old.

Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep, which is why it's sometimes still called "crib death."


Who is at risk for SIDS

When considering which babies could be most at risk, no single thing is likely to cause a SIDS death. Rather, several risk factors might combine to cause an at-risk infant to die of SIDS.

Most SIDS deaths happen in babies 2 to 4 months old & cases rise during cold weather. Black & Native American infants are more likely to die of SIDS than Caucasian infants. More boys than girls fall victim to SIDS.


Why Is Stomach Sleeping Dangerous?

SIDS is more likely among babies placed on their stomachs to sleep than among those sleeping on their backs. Babies also should not be placed on their sides to sleep. 

Stomach sleeping may block the airway & hurt breathing. Stomach sleeping can increase "rebreathing" (When a baby breathes in his or her own exhaled air) particularly if the infant is sleeping on a soft mattress or with bedding, stuffed toys, or a pillow near the face. As the baby rebreathes exhaled air, the oxygen level in the body drops & the level of carbon dioxide rises.


Safe Sleep for Infants

All infants must have a sleep environment that prevents injury and decreases the risk of SIDS.

  • Nothing is covering the infants head

  • Sleeping on his or her back to sleep

  • Dressed in sleep clothing, such as a one-piece sleeper

  • No blanket, pillows, toys or loose objects



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HS Performance Standards: 1302.47 (A)(B)1-5

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