No parent should experience the pain of losing a child to SIDS, or worry their child may be next.

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The causes of SIDS are unknown, but following these guidelines may help reduce babies' risks.

  1. Babies need to sleep on their backs.

  2. Babies should sleep in a crib with a firm mattress and no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals.

  3. Babies should sleep in the same room with their parents, but never in the same bed.

  4. Do not place your baby on a couch, armchair, or sofa to sleep. Do not feed your baby on a couch, armchair, or sofa if there is any chance that you may fall asleep while feeding.

  5. Do not smoke around babies.

  6. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS.

  7. Make sure that babies do not get too warm.

  8. Pacifiers reduce the risk of SIDS. If you are breastfeeding, wait until you and your baby are both comfortable with breastfeeding and your baby is gaining weight well (usually 2-4 weeks) before you start a pacifier. If you are feeding your baby formula only, you can start a pacifier at any time.”