Frequently Asked Questions

Questions and Answers about Safe Infant Sleep for the 12 months of Life and Reducing the Risk of SIDS an Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths

Based on the Safe Sleep Guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics published in Pediatrics, 2016.
Discuss these guidelines with your infant's health care provider.
What is SIDS?
How old are babies who die from SIDS?
Is it important to place a baby on his/her back to sleep?
Will my baby choke if placed on his or her back?
What if my baby rolls over to his (her) stomach during sleep? Do I need to put my baby in the back sleep position if this happens?
I saw a product that said it could keep my baby in the right position during sleep. Can I use it to prevent SIDS?
Will my baby get flat spots on the back of the head from sleeping on the back?
Besides back to sleep, what else makes up a safe sleep environment?
Without blankets, how will the baby stay warm on a cold night?
Is smoking dangerous during pregnancy?
Does breastfeeding reduce the risk of SIDS?
What about pacifiers?
This FAQ was reviewed on 5/21 and was based on the existing safe sleep guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics at time of review.  The SIDS Center of New Jersey (SCNJ) is based at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack Meridian Health operates under a Health Service Grant from the NJ Department of Health.