Minnesota's Safe and Asleep Campaign

Infant Sleep Safety graphic

Annually, 40 or more otherwise healthy Minnesota babies die of sleep-related unintentional injuries while sleeping in unsafe conditions such as in an adult bed or on a sofa with parents or older children. Babies become tangled in bedding, get stuck under pillows, or trapped between a sleeping adult and cushions of a sofa or recliner. Sometimes their own sleeping parents roll over on them unintentionally, causing death from suffocation and chest compression.

Baby Bear in Crib Art

Minnesota’s Safe and Asleep in a Crib of Their Own Campaign was launched in July 2007, and continues as a partnership between the Maternal and Child Health Section of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics. Additional partners include the Department of Human Services Child Mortality Review Panel, the Minnesota Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Twin Cities Healthy Start, the Cradle of Hope Program, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and local public health departments.

View document: Safe and Asleep Campaign Press Release, July, 2007 (PDF) Safe and Asleep Campaign Press Release, July, 2007 (PDF: 53KB/2 pages)

View document: MN Coroners and Medical Examiners' letter to providers, July, 2007 (PDF) MN Coroners and Medical Examiners' letter to providers, July, 2007 (PDF: 84KB/1 page)

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants sleep on their backs in their own safety-approved crib and in a smoke-free environment to reduce the risk both of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and these tragic preventable injury deaths.

Educational Materials

We are in the process of updating the safe sleep materials on our website so that they reflect current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations. In the meantime, we have put together a list of materials developed by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child health & Human Development (NICHD) for use in your practice. You may either order the materials directly from their website or download them on your own. The materials may be accessed at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/SIDS/Pages/sids.aspx

List of suggested materials:

1. Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death (General Outreach Brochure) Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death (General Outreach Brochure)
2. Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of infant Death (African American Outreach) Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of infant Death (African American Outreach)
3. Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death (American Indian/Alaska Native Outreach) Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death (American Indian/Alaska Native Outreach)
4. Ponga a su bebé a dormir sin peligro: Reduzca el riesgo del síndrome de muerte súbita del bebé y de otras causas de muerte relacionadas con el sueño Ponga a su bebé a dormir sin peligro: Reduzca el riesgo del síndrome de muerte súbita del bebé y de otras causas de muerte relacionadas con el sueño
5. What does a safe sleep environment look like? Reduce the risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death What does a safe sleep environment look like? Reduce the risk of SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Causes of Infant Death
6. ¿Cuál es la apariencia de un ambiente seguro para dormir? Reduzca el riesgo del síndrome de muerte súbita del bebé y de otras causas de muerte relacionadas con el sueño ¿Cuál es la apariencia de un ambiente seguro para dormir? Reduzca el riesgo del síndrome de muerte súbita del bebé y de otras causas de muerte relacionadas con el sueño

Safe baby beds available for Minnesota’s low income families