Government of New Brunswick

Good sleep habits are important for your baby’s health and well-being. There is nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby and we spend a lot of time, especially in the first few months trying to adjust to our babies sleep patterns.

We pay a lot of attention to how and when our babies sleep, however we also need to consider where our babies sleep. Not every place is a safe place, and accidents can happen. Babies up to the age of 6 months are especially vulnerable because they can’t turn their heads or shift positions like older babies. That is why we need to make sure they do not sleep in places where they could slip down into cushions, get caught in blankets or straps, or places that can harm them. Suffocation can happen in dangerous places like couches, car seats, chairs or in beds that babies share with adults, children or pets. Accidents can happen to anyone, and they can be prevented!


Safe Sleep is the Best Sleep


  • Room Share. Always lay your baby on his back in a safe infant bed/crib in the same room as where the parents sleep. This is recommended for the baby’s first six months.
  • It is best not to share a bed with your baby. Never put your baby to sleep on a couch, sofa, armchair, sheepskin, swings, strollers, car seats or baby carriers. If baby falls asleep on these surfaces, place him in his own bed as soon as possible.
  • If you bring your baby into your bed to breastfeed or to practice safe skin to skin contact, make sure to place your baby on her own sleep surface when feeding and cuddling is completed.
  • Keep your baby’s environment smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
  • Prevent your baby from overheating. Room temperature should feel comfortable to an adult. Dress your baby in a sleeper or sleep sack that is appropriate for the baby’s size. If using a light blanket, tuck it firmly under the bottom and sides of the mattress with baby’s arms free. Do not swaddle your baby.
  • Make sure your baby’s bed is safe. Use a crib that meets Canadian safety standards. Other safe choices would be a cradle or infant bassinet that has a firm mattress, a tight fitting bottom sheet, no bumper pads and no heavy blankets or stuffed toys.
  • Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of SIDS. The longer you can breastfeed, the more protection your baby will have.