Infant Safe Sleeping

From the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute:

Parents and caregivers need to be educated on the safest sleep arrangements for their infant and to choose a safe environment for their newborn. New parents should be knowledgeable about the safe sleeping habits for their baby to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death or SIDS that includes:

  • Always put babies to sleep on their backs. Babies placed on their stomachs or sides are at increased risk of SIDS
  • Breastfeed babies. Breastfeeding lowers the risk of SIDS and provides the baby with the necessary nutrients.
  • Create a smoke-free environment for babies. Do not expose babies to second-hand smoke.   Babies exposed to tobacco smoke and other drugs are at higher risk of SIDS.
  • Don’t let babies get too warm. Babies who get too warm have an increased risk of SIDS. Ensure the baby is dressed appropriately for the room temperature.
  • Every surface a baby sleeps on should be firm and flat. The risk of SIDS is higher if a baby’s head becomes covered during sleep.
  • Don’t share a bed with babies. The safest place for babies to sleep for the first six months is in their own safety-approved crib or bassinet, in their parent’s room.

Media Releases

July 28
Children's Advocate Encourages Province-wide Response to Critical Incident Review and Infant Safe Sleeping

More Information

Joint Statement on Safe Sleep: Preventing Sudden Infant Deaths in Canada

SIDS Fact Sheet

Safe Sleeping Fact Sheet