Safe Sleep Support for Babies

Sadly, some babies will die within the first year of life.  While many people are aware of SIDS – sudden infant death syndrome – many babies who die before their first birthday, do so as a result of an unsafe sleeping arrangement.  Our trained staff are available to work with any parent, family or community group who would like to learn more about safe sleep for babies. 


Call our office to schedule a visit or program: 607-772-0517/800-231-0744 or email:

Every year in the United States, approximately 3,500 infant deaths occur

due to accidental suffocation, asphyxia, or undetermined causes during sleep.

These Deaths are Preventable


DO NOT BEDSHARE – the act of bringing an infant into a sleep environment with adults, other children, or pets puts the baby in danger of suffocating, either by being smothered in bedding; by positional asphyxia, which occurs when a baby’s position prevents them person from breathing adequately; or by being accidentally rolled over by a sleeping companion (overlay).


ROOMSHARE – Babies should sleep on close, but separate, surface in the same room as the caregiver. A BABY WHO BEDSHARES IS AT 40 TIMES GREATER RISK OF DYING.

Cribs for Kids

Every year in the United States, approximately 3,500 infant deaths occur due to accidental suffocation, asphyxia, or undetermined causes during sleep. The mission of the national Cribs for Kids program is to prevent these deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep and by providing Graco® Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.  Mothers & Babies is the official South Central NY Chapter of the national Cribs for Kids program (all 8 counties). If you need a crib for your baby, contact M&BPN 1-800-231-0744 or email Mothers and Babies has partnered with Cribs for Kids to promote the Safe Sleep Ambassador Program! Below is a list of trained and certified Safe Sleep Ambassadors. 

Rachel Leri Christie Finch
Kelly Hopkins Jill Amara-Gutierrez
Melissa Marsh Salka Valerio
Amanda Pan Janet Lucik
Bonnie Coddington Kimberly Hackley
Nicole Rogers – Rural Health Network Marcina McNeil
Abby Kaiser Van Chau
Sharon Chesna Holly Brozetti Fuller
Amanda Spaulding – Teen Pregancy & Parenting Program, Child Development Council-Ithaca Aileen Pan
Dawn Wesko

Suzanne Giancoli – CIDS Elmira

Rachel McAvoy – CIDS Elmira

Kami Paiz

Nancy Libous

Jessica Soto-Moyer-Child Development Council

Shari Sterling

Alicia Beekman

Lauryn Maleski

The Rules Keep Changing…How do I know if I’m doing the right thing?

It is important to understand why the “rules” or recommendations have changed so much over time. Doctors have studied reasons that babies may die in their sleep for many years. Every time they learn more, they pass this information on to parents so that these risks can be avoided. Taking these steps has saved thousands of babies.



If I put my baby to bed on his back, won’t he choke if he spits up?

A healthy baby will turn his head if he spits or vomits. Back sleeping is much safer since a baby may not be able to lift his head away from a pool of vomit near his mouth if he is on his tummy.


My baby sleeps better on her tummy.  Isn’t she more comfortable that way?

A baby may not fall into as deep a sleep if she is on her back; this is a good thing. Back sleeping will help her to wake up if she gets in trouble with her breathing.  Also, a baby that is on her back is not as likely to breath in carbon dioxide because she has a good supply of fresh air around her mouth and nose.  Once they are able to turn over on their own, you do not have to worry about turning them back over.


I feel better when my baby is close to me. Is it safe to sleep with him?

Adult beds, recliners, and couches are not safe places for babies to sleep. Pillows, blankets, backs of couches and recliners can get pushed up against his face and cause his breathing to stop. A baby can also get trapped between the mattress and headboard or wall. We have had very sad case, when a mom, dad, or other adult has rolled over on the baby during sleep, and the baby has died. A baby is safest when he is in the same room as his parents, but not in the same bed.


Why are bumper pads and blankets a problem?

A baby may push her face up against bumpers or a blanket or anything else in the crib, causing a build-up of carbon dioxide around her face and nose. Instead of blankets, use a sleep sack or heavy sleeper to keep your baby warm.