The ABCs of Safe Sleep

Know the recommendations for safe baby sleeping

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October was SIDS Awareness Month. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the #1 cause of death for healthy infants under the age of one in Canada. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Paediatric Society recommend practicing the ABCs of Safe Sleep to help reduce the risk of SIDS.

Babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs, and in a Crib.

Moms, dads, and caregivers need to speak together on the main steps to reduce the likelihood of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths:

  • The safest position for your infant is on their backs and they should be placed like that, every time.
  • Choose to room-share rather than co-sleep with your baby. The safest place for your baby is alone in their crib or bassinette.
  • Practice crib hygiene. You should be using a certified standard crib with firm mattress and fitted crib sheet. Take out the stuffed animals, blankets, pillows, and bumper pads.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy or after your baby is born.
  • Communicate with all those caring for your child so that everyone knows about safe sleep practices.

Practicing these ABCs can mean happy, healthy, and safe sleep for everyone.

Alanna McGinn is the mother of three (1 + twins!), Founder and Senior Sleep Consultant of Good Night Sleep Site, and Representative and Director for the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants (IACSC).  When she’s not on route to the bus stop or tripping over fire trucks and tea sets, she’s working with families to overcome their sleep challenges and helping them sleep better.  Find Alanna at and on Twitter @GNSleepSite.