- Always put your baby to sleep on its back.
- Eliminate excess bedding, clothing, soft sleep surfaces and stuffed animals. One sleeper, one onesie and one blanket should be enough.
- Breast feed. This one factor reduces the risk of SIDS by 50%.
- Keep room temperature in infants sleeping area cool.
- Eliminate exposure to tobacco smoke
- Use a fan to circulate air in the infant's room.
- Eliminate mold.
- Do not put an infant to sleep in your bed or in a bed with other siblings.
Recently the FDA has warned consumers not to use infant sleep positioners. Many of these sleep positioners claim that they reduce the risk of SIDS, but this claim is unfounded and these positioners have in fact resulted in the suffocation of several infants. There are two basic positioner types: mat with side bolsters or wedge with side bolsters as shown below. If you have been using these I strongly recommend that you stop now.
|Mat with side bolsters|
|Wedge with side bolsters|