Ohio AAP Safe Sleep Resources


Prescription for Safe Sleep
In December 2016, the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics developed the Prescription for Safe Sleep — simple guidelines for parents to follow for a health, well-rested family. Click here to download and print the Prescription for Safe Sleep to share with other parents!


Updated Safe Sleep Policy Statement
The AAP recommendations on creating a safe sleep environment include:
  • Place the baby on his or her back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or bassinet with a tight-fitting sheet.
  • Avoid use of soft bedding, including crib bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys. The crib should be bare.
  • Share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50 percent.
  • Avoid baby’s exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.

On Monday, October 24, 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics released an updated policy statement and technical report on safe sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths with these recommendations. “SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment,” draws on new research and serves as the first update to Academy policy since 2011.

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and accidental suffocation are the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 12 months of age, most commonly occurring among infants who are 1-4 months old. The Ohio AAP is addressing this growing problem using a three-pronged approach. Find out more about each of the approaches using the bulleted links or the buttons located below:


  • Safe Sleep Resources:
    • Families/Caregivers: Educating parents and other caregivers is the biggest hurdle in reducing/eliminating SIDS and accidental suffocation. The assembled resources model safe sleep environments and offer suggestions/reminders to help keep infants safe!
    • Healthcare Providers: Many families look to their pediatrician’s office when it comes to best practices around topics such as safe sleep. These resources arm providers with powerful statistics and evidence-based information to help facilitate effective conversations with their patients.
    • SIDS Awareness Month Partner Toolkit: Anyone can partner with the Ohio AAP in getting the message out about safe sleep. Click the link to view our partner toolkit, which includes information on reducing the risk of SIDS, Ohio safe sleep statistics, frequently asked questions and more!
  • Education and Sleep Environment (EASE) Learning Collaborative: A quality improvement project created for hospitals to ensure safe sleep behaviors are being properly modeled to patients/families.
  • Injury Prevention/Safe Sleep Learning Collaborative: Using two easy-to-use screening tools (birth-4 months and 6-12 months), this project allows primary care providers to quickly and efficiently review risky behaviors with families.

Get the Facts on Infant Safe Sleep!

Did you know?

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the number one cause of death for babies from 1 month to 12 months old. SIDS most often affects infants 1 to 4 months old.
  • Unintentional suffocation is a leading cause of death in babies under 1.
  • 3 Ohio infants die each week in unsafe sleep areas.
  • 66% of these deaths happen to babies who were not sleeping alone.
  • About 1 in 5 deaths happen while someone other than a parent is caring for an infant.
    • Many of these deaths occur when babies who usually sleep on their backs are then placed to sleep on their tummies. Babies used to sleeping on their backs who are then placed to sleep on their tummies are 18 times more likely to die from SIDS.

Learn more about how safe sleep practices and safe sleep environments can help reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep related causes of infant death. Visit pages for:

For more information on the Ohio AAP’s Safe Sleep Initiatives, please contact Hayley Southworth at hsouthworth@ohioaap.org or (614) 846-6258.

The Ohio AAP is proud to partner with the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund to promote safe sleep as a means of reducing Ohio’s infant mortality rate.