At a national conference last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated their SIDS prevention guidelines. Based on new research, the updated recommendations call for infants to sleep in the same room (but NOT the same bed) as the parents (or caregiver), for the first 6 months of life.

For a summary of the update:

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The CDC defines SIDS as the sudden death of an infant less than 1 year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and a review of the clinical history. About 1,500 infants die each year of SIDS making it the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months

Following are the new AAP SIDS Prevention Guidelines:

  1. Infants should sleep in the same room as the parents/caregivers for at least the first 6 months, but not in the parents’ or caregiver’s bed. (This is a new guideline)


  1. The crib or bassinet should be bare.
    Pillows, bumpers, blankets or toys should not be in with the baby.


  1. The crib/bassinet mattress should be firm with a tight fitting sheet.
    Infants should not be put on a couch/sofa, chair or any other soft padded surface to sleep. 


  1. Infants should be placed flat on their backs to sleep.
    Blankets, pillows, wedges or toys should not be used to prop the baby on the side


  1. Infants should not be exposes to smoke, alcohol or drugs.


  1. Babies should be breast-fed and put in the crib or bassinet afterwards if it’s nap or bedtime.

In addition:

Give/offer the baby a pacifier at nap and bedtime

Do not use home monitoring devices or special pillows or wedges advertised as reducing SIDS risk.

Ensure the baby gets the recommended vaccinations

For more information:

Centers for Disease Control – SIDS


American SIDS Institute