Dear Safe to Sleep® Community:

As many of you may know, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on SIDS recently updated its recommendations for safe infant sleep. The article, SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment, External Web Site Policy draws on new research and serves as the first update to Academy policy since 2011.

NICHD’s Deputy Director, Dr. Cathy Spong, participated in an AAP press event External Web Site Policy during which AAP members and Dr. Spong reviewed the recommendations and research that informed the updates. During the press conference, Dr. Spong mentioned that she understands “the challenges of keeping babies healthy and safe not only as a mother of four, but also as a physician.” Dr. Spong continued, “Like other new parents and expectant families, I want to know what is best for my children and, especially, what I can do to help keep them healthy and safe.”

Dr. Spong acknowledged the important role that health and allied care service providers play in supporting families to make informed decisions about safe infant sleep. She also reiterated NICHD’s commitment to “continue to reach out to parents, caregivers, and those who interact with parents and caregivers about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.”

To reflect the latest evidence-based guidance on safe infant sleep, the Safe to Sleep® campaign updated its educational messages and will begin revising its outreach materials. We expect to have new Safe to Sleep® educational materials ready to ship in early 2017!

Please note that our current materials are still accurate. You may continue to order free copies of any publication we offer.

Learn about our new safe infant sleep messages.

Read the full AAP guidelines in SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2016 Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment. External Web Site Policy

Thank you for your continued efforts to support infant health and safety!

Safe to Sleep® campaign
Office of Communications
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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