Every year, babies in Maine die in their sleep. Many of these deaths could potentially be prevented simply by following the ABCs of Safe Sleep.

Alone in Their Crib

Share the room, not the bed. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in your room, but NOT in your bed.


On Their Back for Nights and Naps

A baby should always sleep on their back at night and during nap time. Back sleeping on a firm mattress in a crib or portable crib decreases the risk for SIDS.


Clean, Clear Crib

A baby’s crib should contain a fitted sheet only; no blankets, toys, pillows, bumpers, or other items that could cover a baby’s face and suffocate them. Cribs, bassinets and play yards with firm mattresses are the only safe places for babies to sleep.


Be Aware, Not Impaired

Drinking and drug use can impair your ability to care for a baby, making bed-sharing and other unsafe sleep even more dangerous for the baby.

Unsafe Sleep in Maine

Safe sleeping practices can save a baby's life.
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  • Only 3 in 10 Infants

    are usually put to sleep alone on an approved surface

  • About Half of Infants

    are usually put to sleep without soft bedding.

  • 4 in 5 Maine Caregivers

    report at least one unsafe sleep practice.

For free resources, visit the Maine Prevention Store.