October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

September 30, 2021

October is Safe Sleep Month and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month, a time to promote healthy sleeping habits for newborns and raise awareness about sleep-related risks to infants.

SIDS, the unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby, usually during sleep, is one of the leading causes of death for infants less than a year old in Alaska. SIDS accounts for 11% of all infant deaths in the state (2016-2018 average), and while that number is slowly decreasing each year, more work is needed to reduce the risks of SIDS.

Safe to Sleep® Resources

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently created the Safe to Sleep® campaign to raise awareness of SIDS and safe sleep nationally.

Check out these updated resources for families and early childhood education programs:

Other Resources