Safe Sleep Resources

Welcome to the Safe Sleep Resources page!

Sleeping with your baby has been the norm for almost all cultures through almost all ages, yet few issues in modern parenting generate as much disagreement as whether or not parents and babies should sleep in the same bed. Authorities warn that child should never sleep in an adult bed. Parents who cherish the closeness, warmth and security of cosleeping find their hearts at odds with their brains.

This page provides information about cosleeping, sleep training, crib safety, and overall, sleep safety presented in an unbiased and family-friendly way. On this page, you will find resources to supplement your knowledge of safe infant sleeping and to assist in thefacilitation of any discussions amongst groups of new parents, parents-to-be and with your parenting partner. These resources have been carefully compiled to provide you with the most current research and accurate information, so you can make the best decisions regarding safe infant sleeping.

Below you will find an extensive FAQ list covering questions that may arise as parents weigh their infant sleep options. The FAQ list has a comprehensive selection of questions and answers about cosleeping, sleep training and crib safety. The questions address issue such as cosleeping while traveling, bedsharing with premature babies, bedsharing with adopted children, benefits and setbacks of crib sleeping, safe crib requirements, and more.

Infant Sleep Information Source is a website with helpful information for both parents and health professionals on infant sleep. They also have an app, available for free, with information from the site included. Handouts that are available on the app are listed and available below.

Underneath the FAQ there is a compiled list of outstanding resources and checklists, The Compiled Cosleeping Resource List. Its content is presented in a concise format and offers a variety of research and knowledge covering an array of safe sleep topics(cosleeping, bedsharing, sleep training, SIDS prevention, etc.) as well as other general infant health topics. The extensive list of recommended safe sleep resources includes books, periodicals, DVDs, websites and organizations. Each resource has a description to help guide you to the information you need.

The Safe Sleep Checklists includes a number of checklists from expert doctors and professional medical organizations to ensure a safe sleeping environment for an infant.Some lists address sleep training, cosleeping and bedsharing, specifically, while others cover general safe sleeping requirements. Following the steps in the checklists will help ensure that an infant has a healthy sleeping environment.

Also check out Dia’s Safe Infant Sleep PowerPoint to learn more about cosleeping in an engaging format. Dia is the founder and president of Platypus Media. She speaks frequently on parenting topics. This ppt. covers many of the issues that arise in safe infant sleep discussions.

"Bedsharing, Breastfeeding, and Safe Infant Sleep Advice: The Caregiver's Dilemma" examines two studies on breastfeeding and bedsharing and how long parents followed advice from their doctors on these practices. Both articles showed that "bedsharing while breastfeeding is a relatively common practice, and both have important implications for the nature of advice provided to parents of newborns." Check out the article to learn more about the relationship between bedsharing and breastfeeding as well as how healthcare professionals can support parents who want to bedshare and breastfeed.

Sleeping with Your Baby is a comprehensive and well-researched guide that presents the benefits of cosleeping, bedsharing and room-sharing in a balanced and readable way. James J. McKenna, Ph.D., a world-recognized infant sleep authority, was the first scientist to undertake sleep laboratory physiological studies of both mothers and infants. As Director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at University of Notre Dame, he walks readers through the important steps to creating a thriving and safe family bed and provides the latest information on the scientific benefits of cosleeping.

Interest in this topic is so high that this book is available in nine languages. For those who want the information in a condensed form, The Quick Guide to Safely Sleeping with Your Baby provides the critical information in a full-color, 22-page booklet.

Watch this investigative report and see what all these SIDS babies had in common in Milwaukee. It is a must-see for maternal/child health professionals and parents alike!

Below are some PDFs available for download:

Sleeping with Your Baby FAQ
Compiled Cosleeping Resource List
Safe Sleep Checklists
Dia’s Safe Infant Sleep PowerPoint
Children's Hospital Cosleeping Ad
Milwaukee Anti-Cosleeping Ad
Baltimore Anti-Cosleeping Flyer
How NOT to sleep with your baby [Humor]