For the first year of life, Toronto Public Health recommends that you place your baby to sleep:
- on their backs
- on a separate sleep surface that is flat and firm (like their own crib, bassinet, or cradle)
- on a surface that meets current Canadian safety regulations and is appropriate for your baby’s age and weight
- on a surface that is free from any extra items, such as toys, loose bedding, bumper pads, and pillows
- in the same room as the parent or caregiver for the first six months of life
- at a comfortable room temperature with no overheating
- in a smoke-free environment
Breastfeeding your baby can also support a safe sleep environment and lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Any amount of breastfeeding for any duration is helpful but exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life offers the greatest protection from SIDS. If you choose to breastfeed your baby in bed or lying down, remember to place your baby to sleep on their own sleep surface (crib, bassinet or cradle) after feeding.
Toronto Public Health does not support the practice of babies sharing the same sleep surface with adults, other children or pets because of the potential safety risks. This includes sharing any sleep surface, such as a bed, couch or chair.
If your baby has a diagnosed health condition, speak to your health care provider about creating a safe sleep environment for your baby’s health needs.
For more information visit Safe Sleep for Your Baby provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Video: Safe Sleep for Your Baby, PHAC