National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID)—also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and defined as the sudden and unforeseen death of a baby younger than 1-year-old when the cause is not known—often happens while the baby is sleeping, and an investigation reveals that the baby was not able to breathe properly in their crib or other sleep environments.

Firelands Health has applied for Safe Sleep certification, a designation awarded to hospitals that have committed to making babies as safe as possible in their sleep environments. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program recognizes hospitals that have made babies as safe as possible in their sleep environments and eliminated as many sleep-related deaths as possible.

Safe Sleep Hospital Requirements

Certified Safe Sleep Hospitals are required to:

  • Develop a safe sleep policy statement incorporating the Infant Safe Sleep guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Train staff on safe sleep guidelines, the hospital’s safe sleep policy, and the importance of modeling safe sleep for parents.
  • Educate parents on the importance of safe sleep practices and implement these practices in the hospital setting.

Learning about safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers, including grandparents, other family members, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies.

Best Practices for Safe Sleep

Once certified as a Safe Sleep Hospital, Firelands Health will also share infant sleep safety best practices and education with the community.

Here are tips to help create a safer sleep environment:

  • Follow the ABCs of Safe Sleep:
    • Alone – baby sleeps alone, without other objects, caregivers, or siblings
    • Back – baby sleeps on his/her back
    • Crib – baby sleeps in his/her own sleeping space, such as a crib or a bassinet
  • Until their first birthday, place your baby on their back to sleep for naps and at night.
  • Place your baby to sleep on a firm sleep surface covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Room-sharing is recommended - keep baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep for at least the first six months, but do not let your baby sleep with you or anyone else in bed (co-bedding).
  • If your baby falls asleep in a car seat, stroller, or other carrier, move them to a firm sleep surface such as a crib, bassinet, or portable crib for sleep.
  • Never place your baby to sleep on a couch, sofa, or armchair.
  • Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area.
  • If you give your baby a pacifier, use one that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to decrease the risk of choking or strangling.
  • Breastfeed your baby (studies show babies who breastfeed have a lower risk for SUID).

Safe Sleep Infographics & Videos

Listed below, The Safe to Sleep® campaign offers photos and other types of media to help spread the word about safe infant sleep environments.


About 3,400 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in infants between 1 month and 1 year of age.

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