Safe Sleep for Your Baby

The safest place for your baby to sleep is on his or her back, in a crib, cradle or bassinet. We recommend you place your baby to sleep next to the adult’s bed for the first 6 months of life. Below are some more tips to remember when placing your infant to sleep:


Quick Tips to Remember When Placing Your Infant to Sleep:

  • Your baby should sleep in a crib, cradle or bassinet that meets current Canadian regulations
  • Other than the mattress and fitted sheet, there should be nothing in the crib with your baby
  • Always place your baby to sleep on their back, this includes naps
  • Do not smoke in your home and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke
  • If possible, have your baby’s crib in your room for the first 6 months of life
  • Breastfeeding your baby reduces their risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Keep the crib away from tall dressers, hanging pictures, electrical plugs and cords
  • Make sure the room temperature is comfortable (not too hot or too cold).


Visit Public Health Agency of Canada's helpful video providing steps to create a safe sleep environment for your baby:

Safe Sleep Video


For Further Information

Call a Public Health Nurse: (807) 625-5900

or toll free 1-888-294-6630

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