The ABC’s of Safe Sleep

No one knows your baby better than you. That’s why we provide the tools, education, and resources you need to make sure your baby is sleeping safe and comfortable.


Baby should sleep alone.


Baby should sleep on their back.


Baby should sleep in a crib.

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Black Wellness & Prosperity Center is a trusted organization in Fresno to learn about SIDS prevention and improve well-being and prosperity in the Black community in Fresno.

Click the link to visit their page for resources, as well as guides for facilitators to talk about safe sleep recommendations.


Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. Most SIDS deaths are associated with sleep, which is why it’s sometimes still called “crib death.”

SIDS is not the same as suffocation and is not caused by suffocation. SIDS is not caused by vaccines, immunizations, or shots. SIDS is not contagious.

Ninety percent of SIDS deaths occur within the first 6 months of life, with the rate peaking between 1 to 4 months.

To prevent the risk of SIDS, do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not smoke or allow smoking around your baby. Giving your baby a pacifier for naps and nighttime sleep can also help reduce the risk of SIDS.

SIDS can occur anytime during a baby’s first year of life (it’s extremely rare after 1 year of age), but the risk over those 12 months decreases with time.

Always put your baby on their back for every sleep, day and night, as the chance of SIDS is particularly high for babies who are sometimes placed on their front or side. You should always place your baby on their back to sleep and not on their front or side.

There’s no guaranteed way to prevent SIDS , but you can help your baby sleep more safely by following these tips: Back to sleep. Place your baby to sleep on his or her back, rather than on the stomach or side, every time you — or anyone else — put the baby to sleep for the first year of life.

To date, there is no definitive proof that genetics play a part in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). We recommend following safe sleep guidelines as the best way to reduce the risk of SIDS.

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