A Message from

Child Care Aware of Virginia

October 2021

October is SIDS Awareness Month

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. More than 1 out of 3 sudden unexpected infant deaths that occur in the United States are from SIDS. While there is no sure way to prevent SIDS, there are steps that parents and caregivers can take to reduce the risk.

Take a look at the Safe Sleep 365 campaign by the Virginia Department of Social Services for more information.

Safe Sleep 365

Every Sleep with Every Caregiver

About 1 in 5 SIDS deaths occur while an infant is being cared for by someone other than a parent.

Olivia Nicole Ary was 3 months old when she died in a home-based child care program in Arlington, VA. On the day she died, she had been placed to sleep face down on a blanket while still wearing her snowsuit. The provider did not call 911 while Olivia was struggling to breathe, and incorrectly performed CPR on her.

Olivia Nicole Ary

Be an advocate for your baby's safety. Have candid conversations with caregivers about sleep positioning and encourage them to follow safe sleep guidelines. If your child is enrolled in a child care center or home-based care provider, make sure to review their sleep policy and ask to see where your child will take naps.

Other Information

Click the links below for more tips and information to keep sleep time safe.



Show friends and family what safe sleep for your baby looks like!

Snap a photo of your baby on their back in a safe sleep area and post it with the hashtag #SafeSleepSnap for #SIDSAwarenessMonth.

Safe Sleep Academy

The Safe Sleep Academy was developed by Cribs for Kids to help prevent SIDS and sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep. Their website is full of information on how to keep babies safe while they sleep.

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Has your baby's crib been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission?

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Do you know what a safe sleep environment looks like? Check out this interactive room for tips to make your baby's room safer.

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Remember the "ABCs" of Safe Sleep

The best place for your baby to sleep is ALONE, on their BACK, and in a CRIB with tight fitting sheets and no soft objects or loose bedding.

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