Ready, Set, Sleep 

Ready, Set, Sleep is a program offered by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children's Hospital. The initiative reminds moms and dads, grandparents, and caregivers of the importance of following safe sleep guidelines and providing only safe sleeping environments for their baby in their own home or while in the care of others. Other pediatrician-recommended practices that reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths include breastfeeding and immunizations. Additional program components promoting a safe and healthy first year include how to save a choking baby and injury prevention.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How long do babies sleep?

Answer: 14-17 hours a day!

Question: What is the best way to reduce my baby’s risk of SIDS?

Answer:  Placing your baby on their back to sleep, in a crib, and free from any loose bedding or objects is the best way to reduce the risk of SIDS.

Question: Why can’t my baby and I bed-share?

Answer:  Bed-sharing increases the risk of SIDS as the baby could be suffocated or rolled over on.

Question: What if my baby keeps rolling over after I put them to sleep on their back?

Answer:  If your baby can roll over back and forth, there is no need to reposition them on their back.

Question: My baby sleeps really well in their car seat. Can I just leave them in the car seat to sleep once we get home?

Answer:  No. Your baby should not be left or placed to sleep in a car seat outside of the car or in a swing or bouncer at any time. These devices can cause asphyxiation and can injure the baby.

Spread the Word!

Remember, always make sure to educate your family and any caregivers on safe sleep!

By telling those who may take care of your baby, you are potentially helping to save a life!

Here's a tip sheet to read and share.

If you are an expectant mom who is not able to provide a safe place for your newborn to sleep, please contact your Healthy Start caseworker or hospital social worker about the program or call us at 904.202.4302 for more information.

Safe Sleep Practices

Healthy infants should be placed on their backs to sleep. This is the safest position for sleeping and does not increase the risk of choking. In fact, since 1992, when the American Academy of Pediatrics began recommending this sleep position, the annual SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) rate has declined more than 50 percent! There are other risk factors for sleep-related deaths, that can be decreased by practicing the following recommendations from the AAP:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
  • Always use a firm sleep surface. Car seats and other sitting devices are not recommended for routine sleep.
  • The baby should sleep in the same room as the parents, but not in the same bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
  • Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of the crib. This includes pillows, blankets, and bumper pads.
  • Wedges and positioners should not be used.
  • Pregnant woman should receive regular prenatal care.
  • Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
  • Breastfeeding is recommended.
  • Offer a pacifier at nap time and bedtime.
  • Avoid covering the infant’s head or overheating.
  • Do not use home monitors or commercial devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should receive all recommended vaccinations.
  • Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development and minimize the occurrence of positional plagiocephaly (flat heads).

To learn more click to read The Ready Set Sleep Program

Additional Information

Information related to sleep for "baby" -- age 0 - 12 months.

Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play

Additional Information from Safe Kids Northeast Florida

Doctors recommend some tummy time when baby is awake and you are awake and watching! We’ve compiled some of the reasons why and some guidelines. TUMMY TIME is Play Time!


Discussion of bed-sharing and it's impact on risk of SIDS
Information from various agencies advocating infant safety:

American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Safe Sleep Recommendations to Protect Against SIDS, Sleep-Related Infant Deaths. For more information...

The number of Northeast Florida babies who died before their first birthday dropped in 2015 after remaining stagnant for two years. Read more here...

National Institute of Health recommendations on SIDS risk reduction includes advice on room-sharing

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room-sharing with your infant, but not bed-sharing (PDF)

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