How to Get Baby Ready for Sleep
- Dress baby in a wearable blanket, onesie or similar clothing for every sleep. A loose blanket could cover baby’s airway or make their body temperature too high.
- Place baby on their backs for naps and at night until they are 1 year old. Once babies can roll back and forth from their back to their tummy on their own, you can leave them in whatever position they like.
How to Create a Safe Place for Baby to Sleep
- Choose a firm mattress and fitted sheet for baby’s crib. Remove toys, blankets, pillows, bumper pads and other accessories from the crib.
- Share your room, not your bed. Place baby’s crib or bassinet in your bedroom instead of letting baby sleep in the same bed with you.
- Practice safe sleep for naps and at night. Even after late-night feedings, return baby to their own crib or bassinet before you are ready to go to sleep.
How to Choose a Crib for Baby
- Choose a crib that was made after 2011. If you are not using a new crib, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to make sure it meets the latest safety requirements.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to assemble your crib. Make sure to complete and submit the product registration card to learn about any recalls or safety updates..
- Check for recalls. When searching for recalls on the CPSC website, type “crib” or the brand name in the search box.