Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep Policy Sample (Revised)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of a seemingly healthy baby for whom no
cause of death can be determined based on an autopsy, an investigation of the place where the baby
died and a review of the baby's clinical history.
Child care providers can maintain safer sleep environments for babies that help lower the chances of
SIDS. N.C. law requires that child care providers caring for children 12 months of age or
younger,implement a safe sleep policy, share this information with parents and participate in training.
In the belief that proactive steps can be taken to lower the risks of SIDS in child care and that parents and
child care providers can work together to keep babies safer while they sleep, this facility will practice the
following safe sleep policy:
Safe Sleep Practices
1. All child care staff working in this room, or
the room temperature,avoiding excess bedding
child care staff who may potentially work in this
and not over-dressing or overwrapping the baby.
room, will receive training on our infant Safe
Safe Sleep Environment
7. Room temperature will be kept between 68-
2. Infants will always be placed on their backs to
75°F and a
sleep,unless there is a signed sleep position
thermometer kept in the infant room.
medical waiver on
8. Infants' heads will not be covered with
file. In that case, a waiver notice will be posted
blankets or bedding.
at the infant’s crib and the waiver filed in the
Infants' cribs will not be covered with blankets or
3. The American Academy of Pediatrics
We may use a sleep sack instead of a
recommends that babies are placed on their
back to sleep, but when babies can easily turn
9. No loose bedding, pillows, bumper pads, etc.
over from the back to the stomach, they
will be used in
can be allowed to adopt whatever position they
cribs. We will tuck any infant blankets in at the
prefer for sleep.
foot of the
4. We will follow this recommendation by the
crib and along the sides of the crib mattress.
American Academy of Pediatrics. However, child
10 Toys and stuffed animals will be removed
care staff can further discuss with parents how
from the crib
to address circumstances
when the infant is sleeping. Pacifiers will be
when the baby turns onto their stomach or side.
5. Visually checking sleeping infants.
infants’ cribs while they sleep.
Sleeping infants will be checked daily, every 15-
11. A safety-approved crib with a firm mattress
20 minutes, by assigned staff.The sleep
and tight fitting
information will be recorded on a Sleep
sheet will be used.
Chart.The Sleep Chart will be kept on file for one
12. Only one infant will be in a crib at a time,
month after the reporting month. We will be
unless we are
especially alert to monitoring a sleeping infant
evacuating infants in an emergency.
during the first weeks the
13. No smoking is permitted in the infant room or
infant is in child care.
We will check to see if the infant’s skin color
is normal, watch the rise and fall of the chest
14. All parents/guardians of infants cared for in
to observe breathing and look to see if the
the infant room
infant is sleeping soundly. We will check the
will receive a written copy of our Infant/Toddler
infant for signs of
overheating including flushed skin color,
Policy before enrollment.
body temperature by touch and restlessness.
15. To promote healthy development, awake
6. Steps will be taken to keep babies from
infants will be
getting too warm or overheating by regulating
given supervised “tummy time” for exercise