Safe Sleep

An infant sleeping on his back in a crib

Follow safe sleep practices for your infant.

Following safe sleeping practices with your infant helps protect them from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID or SIDS) and sleep suffocation. Sleep suffocation is one of the leading causes of infant death in Illinois. There are some simple practices you should follow with your infant every time they sleep. Follow these ABC’s of safe sleep:

  • ALONE – Your infant should not sleep in a bed, couch, or chair with anyone – even other children or a stuffed animal.
  • BACK – Always place your infant on their back to sleep.
  • CRIB – Your infant should sleep in a safe, secure crib with a firm mattress and tightly fitted sheets.

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Illinois Safe Sleep Support
Safe Sleep Saves Lives. This is a program for families in Illinois to learn about the safest ways for infants to sleep, get answers to sleep safety questions, and get access to items needed to keep infants safe. Visit to learn more.