Safe Sleep

Every year, about 3,400 babies in the United States die suddenly and unexpectedly while sleeping, often due to sudden infant death syndrome or accidental deaths from suffocation or strangulation, according to How to Keep Your Sleeping Baby Safe: AAP Policy Explained.1 A majority of states have at least one safe sleep standard in their licensing requirements, and many states have multiple standards for establishing safe sleep environments.

Programs that are exempt from licensing still need to meet health and safety requirements for safe sleep, as outlined by their state, if they care for a child for whom they receive federal child care financial assistance. Child care providers can champion safe sleep practices and environments, not only in their programs, but also with parents and families. The following links have information and resources on best practices for states, providers, and families on safe sleep.