Infant Safe Sleep Certification

Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification

Helping every baby sleep safer Cribs for Kids Safe Sleep Hospital Certified

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Gold Safe Sleep Hospital” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®, a national infant safe sleep organization. Cribs for Kids is dedicated to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to SUID and accidental suffocation. Visit for more information.

As a Nationally Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Orlando Health South Lake is recognized for following the safe sleep guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and for providing training programs for healthcare team members and family caregivers.  

Infant Sleep Guidelines

Sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), also known as sudden unexpected death in infancy, or SUDI, is a term used to describe any sudden and unexpected death, whether explained or unexplained (including sudden infant death syndrome [SIDS] and ill-defined deaths), occurring during infancy. SIDS is a subcategory of SUID and is a cause assigned to infant deaths that cannot be explained after a thorough case investigation. (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics).

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), is the leading cause of injury death in infancy. By following safe sleep recommendations, many SUID fatalities may be avoided. Orlando Health South Lake Hospital is certified to provide community education regarding safe sleep practices.  

A Safe Sleep Environment should look like:

  • Keep baby in your room close to your bed, but on a separate sleep surface designed for infants.
  • Use a firm and flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib*, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch, or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else.
  • Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke around your baby.
  • Do not put pillows, blankets, sheepskins or crib bumpers anywhere in your baby’s sleep area.
  • Keep soft objects, toys and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area. Make sure nothing covers the baby’s head.
  • Dress your baby in sleep clothing, such as a wearable blanket. Do not use a loose blanket, and do not over-bundle.
  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS.

* A crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard that follows the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended. For information on crib safety, contact the CPSC at 1(800) 638-2772 or

To learn more about safe sleep, download this guide in English or Spanish, courtesy of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, HHS.