Safe Sleep for Infants

Newborns sleep 20 hours a day. Make each hour safe. Learn more from our sister agency, the Department of Children and Families.

Important Safe Sleep Tips for Babies

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS is the "...sudden death of an infant under one year of age which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene and review of the clinical history." (M. Willinger et al. Pediatric Pathology, 1991).

In the United States, SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year of age. However, the SIDS rate has declined both nationally and in New Jersey since 1994, following the onset of the “Back to Sleep” campaign.  That program and other educational initiatives present guidelines for reducing the risk of occurrence that are based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In New Jersey, the SIDS Center of New Jersey provides education about these guidelines for parents, grandparents and other care givers, health care providers, child care workers, first responders, and the general public.  Materials are also available from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Last Reviewed: 1/10/2019