To help reduce SIDS and suffocation risks, follow these AAP recommendations:

  • Place your baby to sleep on her back on a firm surface for every sleep.

  • Have the baby sleep in the same room but not the same bed as the parents for the first 6 months to 1 year of age. Room-sharing decreases the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.

  • Do not share a bed with an infant. Bed-sharing puts infants at risks of SIDS, suffocation and strangulation.

  • Breastfeed exclusively for at least six months. When you add solid food, continue breastfeeding until at least 12 months.

  • Offer a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.

  • Stay up-to-date on well-child visits and immunizations. Immunizations may protect against SIDS.

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