Skip to Content

Back to sleep

Published on April 10, 2018

Back to sleep

Julie Bunkowski, RNC-NIC, BSN
Children’s Center/NICU
St. Cloud Hospital

Back to SleepThe Back to Sleep campaign began in 1994 to reduce the number of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases. Since its inception, death rates from SIDS has been reduced by 50 percent.

Unfortunately, many parents and caregivers still place babies on their stomachs to sleep. A recent survey by the Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that only 43 percent of American parents put their babies to sleep on their backs.

For many years, parents did not place babies to sleep on their backs because they believed that the babies would choke on their spit up. Unfortunately, many caregivers — especially older family members and babysitters — still believe this misinformation. The survey also found that only 31 percent of African American parents compared to 47 percent of Caucasian parents and 38 percent of Hispanic parents place their babies to sleep on their backs.

You can save a baby’s life by making sure that everyone who cares for a baby in your circle of influence knows to place babies on their “Back to Sleep.”

Check out more tips to keep a baby safe while sleeping:

Health information accessed through is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. We strive to present reliable, up-to-date health information on our web site and “For the Health of It” blog. However, this information is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please contact your health care provider if you have any concerns or questions about specific content that may affect your health. Log in to MyChart to send a secure message to your provider.

About the Author

Julie Bunkowski, RNC-NIC, BSNJulie Bunkowski, RNC-NIC, BSN
Children's Center/NICU
St. Cloud Hospital

Share This Post

For the Health of It