Safe First Year for Families

Cribs for Kids(R) Safe Sleep Academy

  • Safe Sleep Information
  • Safe and Healthy Home
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Ask a Pediatrician
  • Resources



NICHD Learn more about ways to practice safe infant sleep and breastfeeding

Parent Education Information 

1.   Ten safety measures parents need to be aware of to keep their baby safe the first year of life

      Cribs for Kids(R) Flip Chart Safe Sleep for Your Baby

2.    How to set Up the Portable Playard Pak n’ Play

        Video Link:  Portable Payard Pak n’ Play Set Up

3     Cribs for Kids(R) Resources – Cribs for Kids(R) Safe Sleep Academy

4.    NICHD (National Institute on Child Health and Development) Parent Education Video – NICHD Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Parent Education and Resources

Cribs for Kids(R) Materials 

       ABC’s Brochure English

       ABC’s Brochure Spanish



Additional Resources

Colorado Infant Safe Sleep Initiative Resources Colorado Safe Sleep Training and Resource Page 

Website Links

       CDC Safe Sleep and SIDS Information for Parents and Caregivers

       National Institute for Child Health and Development

       AAP Healthy Children Website – Safe Sleep Information for Parents

       Angel Eyes Website

A, B, C’s of Safe Sleep

    • Allow your baby to sleep in your room in a crib or bassinet next to your bed, ideally for the first six months.
    • Avoid crib bumpers, pillows, blankets, toys, and waterbeds, or soft mattresses in the crib that may cause suffocation
    • Avoid taking anything (medications, alcohol, drugs) that keeps you from awakening easily for your baby.
    • Avoid sleeping with your baby on a couch or allowing your baby to sleep on a couch
    • Avoid smoke exposure
    • Avoid overheating
    • Back to sleep for every sleep
    • Blankets only for swaddling when fussy or difficulty sleeping and only for the first 2 months, then use a sleep sack
    • Breastfeed your baby if at all possible and seek help with breastfeeding if you have any questions or difficulties
    • Can Do: Use supervised tummy time play only when awake
    • Can Do: Hold your baby for feedings
    • Can Do: Stay up to date with immunizations
    • Can Do: Use a pacifier for comfort and after breastfeeding Is going well

American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Practices:

  • Always place babies to sleep on their backs during naps and at nighttime. Because babies sleeping on their sides are more likely to accidentally roll onto their stomach, the side position is just as dangerous as the stomach position.
  • Avoid letting the baby get too hot. The baby could be too hot if you notice sweating, damp hair, flushed cheeks, heat rash, and rapid breathing. Dress the baby lightly for sleep. Set the room temperature in a range that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult.
  • Consider using a pacifier at nap time and bed time. The pacifier should not have cords or clips that might be a strangulation risk.

American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Environment

  • Place your baby on a firm mattress, covered by a fitted sheet that meets current safety standards. For more about crib safety standards, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site at
  • Place the crib in an area that is always smoke free.
  • Don’t place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, or cushions.
  • Toys and other soft bedding, including fluffy blankets, comforters, pillows, stuffed animals, bumper pads, and wedges should not be placed in the crib with the baby. Loose bedding, such as sheets and blankets, should not be used as these items can impair the infant’s ability to breathe if they are close to his face. Sleep clothing, such as sleepers, sleep sacks, and wearable blankets are better alternatives to blankets.