A safe sleep environment for baby

This guide will help you provide a safe sleep environment for your newborn which can help reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).

Lowering the risk of SIDS


Back to Sleep

Always make sure to put baby on sleep on her back for naptime and night time. Keep baby’s crib free of clutter like pillows, comforters, quilts, stuffed animals, bumper pads and positional devices. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for everyone, including baby. If a blanket is needed, use one that is thin, lightweight and breathable.
Make sure that everyone caring for your newborn knows how to put your baby on his back to sleep.

Once your baby is able to turn on his tummy by himself while sleeping (normally around 5 to 6 months), there’s no need to reposition him on his back to sleep.

Remember that babies should spend supervised tummy time every day soon after they are born. This helps develop their neck muscles and help prevent plagiocephaly (flat head). Your baby should spend more time on his tummy as he gets older. Always supervise your baby while he is on his tummy.

Don’t share your bed with baby

Adult beds, sofas and chairs are not designed with your infant’s safety in mind. For the first six months of his life, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in his own crib, cradle or bassinet placed in your room, next to your bed.  Share your room with your infant, not your bed.

You can bring your baby into bed for breastfeeding. However, always return your infant to his crib, cradle or bassinet after the feeding.

Provide a safe sleep environment

All baby cribs, cradles and bassinets must meet current Canadian safety regulations. Your baby’s crib mattress should be firm, flat, fit snugly in the frame and have only a fitted sheet.

Swings, bouncers, car seats, playpens, strollers and other infant devices are not safe substitutes for a crib.

Provide a smoke-free environment

Smoking during pregnancy is one of the highest risk factors for SIDS. No smoking at all is best for your baby.

Keep your baby away from tobacco smoke after they are born as second-hand smoke increases the risk of SIDS. Keep your baby’s room, your home and your vehicle smoke-free. Choose a non-smoking child care provider.

Breastfeed your baby

Any amount of breastfeeding for any duration can help lower the risk of SIDS. However, exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months is recommended.


*This article was created by Baby’s Breath Canada and does not express the direction or advice from Walmart Canada.
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