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What is SIDS: (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) 

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn't’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation.

When a baby dies, health care providers, law enforcement personnel, and communities try to find out why. They ask questions, examine the baby, gather information, and run tests. If they can’t find a cause for the death, and if the baby was younger than 1 year old, the medical examiner or coroner will call the death SIDS. 

A Free Pack-n-Play (portable crib) to pregnant women who meet eligibility requirements - includes Safe Sleep/SIDS Prevention information.


Link for Safe Sleep video

 B'More For Healthy Babies: Public Service Announcement. 

Healthy Babies Public Service Announcement


Sueño seguro para los bebés: Video para abuelos y personas que cuidan un bebé

The Safe to Sleep® campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. There are a number of ways you can lower his or her risk while giving your baby the best care possible.

Babies are at higher risk for SIDS if they:

  • Sleep on their stomachs. Remember that every sleep time counts. Babies who usually sleep on their backs but then placed on their stomachs to sleep,even at naptime, are at very high risk for SIDS. That's why it is important for everyone who cares for your baby to place him or her on the back to sleep for all sleep times, including naps.

  • Sleep on soft surfaces, such as an adult mattress, couch, or chair or under soft coverings. Babies who are placed for sleep on adult bed, sofa, couch, or armchair are at serious risk for accidental suffocation, entrapment, injury, and death—regardless of whether they are alone or if they share the sleep area with someone

  • Sleep on or under soft or loose bedding. Babies who sleep under a soft covering, such as a soft blanket or quilt, are at higher risk for SIDS and suffocation. Bumper pads and similar products that attach to crib slats or sides are frequently used with the intent of protecting infants from injury.  In fact, crib bumpers can cause serious injuries and even death, keeping them out of your baby's sleep area is the best way to avoid these dangers.

  • Get too hot during sleep. Research shows that some babies are more likely to die from SIDS if they are dressed in two or more layers of clothes for sleep. Babies who get too warm during sleep might sleep too deeply and be unable to wake themselves up, which could play a role in SIDS.

  • Are exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb or in their environment. Research shows

    • babies of mothers who smoked during pregnancy are up to 3 to 4 times more likely to die of SIDS than babies whose mothers did not smoke during pregnancy.  

    • Babies whose caregivers smoke or who are exposed to secondhand  smoke in their environment are at higher risk for SIDS than babies not exposed to secondhand smoke.

    • Babies who died of SIDS had higher nicotine concentrations in their lungs than did babies who died from other causes.

  • Sleep in an adult bed with parents, other children, or pets; this situation is especially dangerous if:

    • The adult smokes, has recently had alcohol, or is tired.

    • The baby is covered by a blanket or quilt.

    • The baby sleeps with more than one bed-sharer.

    • The baby is younger than 11 to 14 weeks of age.

The actions listed here, on NIH (National Institute of  Children's Health and Human Development)  and in Safe to Sleep® materials and publications, are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS. You can read the latest Policy Statement from the AAP Task Force on SIDS External Web Site Policy.


Additional Resources:

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Safe to Sleep link

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Back to Sleep Campaign 

La campaña "Seguro al dormir"

march of dimes

Safe sleep for your baby



  A Parent's guide to safe sleep 


What does a safe sleep environment look like?

What safe sleep looks like: Flier

American Academy of Pediatrics

Tummy Time brochure. 


Safe to sleep     

Babies need tummy time: Q&A


Resources for Grief:

Live Care Grow

If your grieving: support resources.

Center for infant and child loss

 Find local support groups.