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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age,which remains unexplained after a thorough care investigation. Although physicians and scientists do not know what causes SIDS, they have determined that there are some things parents can do to reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • Put your baby to sleep on his or her back
  • Breast-feed your baby
  • Maintain a smoke-free house and car
  • Use a firm mattress for your baby's crib
  • Use tight-fitting crib sheets
  • Keep your baby's sleep area warm, but not overheated. (Keep it at a temperature comfortable to you.)
  • Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing the infant down to sleep. Do not force the baby to take it. If you are breastfeeding your baby, wait until your child is at least one month old before using a pacifier.
  • Do not place pillows or stuffed toys in the crib.

Once you have done what you can to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS, do not let the fear of SIDS spoil your joy and delight of having a new baby. For more information on SIDS see the information below or call SIDS Alliance at1.800.221.7437 or "Safe to Sleep" at 1.800.505.2742 or visit their website at

Safe to Sleep

Safe to Sleep® started in 1994 as the Back to Sleep campaign, with the goal of educating parents, caregivers, and health care providers about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Find out what you can do to reduce your baby's risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.

Learn more at: Safe to Sleep

Purple Crying

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby's life when they cry more than any other time. The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. There are other common characteristics of this phase, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this period. It is during this time that some babies can cry a lot and some far less, but they all go through it.

Learn more at: Purple Crying Information