Sleeping

Babies need a lot of sleep. Newborns sleep for up to 18 hours a day, waking up every few hours to eat. As your baby gets older, he or she will start to sleep for longer stretches at one time.

It’s important to keep your baby safe while he or she is sleeping. It’s very sad to think about, but babies can die if they are not sleeping safely.

Safe Sleep

Keep it simple and remember the ABC’s of safe sleep. Your baby should sleep:

  • Alone. Not with other children, or with you.
  • On his or her Back. Put your baby on his or her back to sleep every time.
  • In a safe Crib, bassinet or portable crib, like a Pack N’ Play, with a firm (not soft), tightly fitting mattress and a tightly fitted sheet.

Other things to remember, your baby should sleep:

  • On his or her back. Put your baby in the same sleeping position every time.
  • Alone. Not with other children, or with you.
  • In a safe crib, bassinet or portable crib, like a Pack N’ Play, with a firm, tightly fitting mattress and a tightly fitted sheet.
  • Without blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or other soft things near them.
  • With his or her face uncovered. Dress your baby in a sleeper instead of covering him or her with a blanket.
  • At a comfortable temperature. Your baby does not need to be bundled up to sleep, that could cause him or her to overheat. Your baby should wear the same amount of clothing you do.
  • In a smoke-free place.

Safe Cribs

How to tell if your crib is safe for your baby.

You can visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if your crib has any recalls.
A safe crib has a firm mattress that fits tightly into the crib.