Earthplace Preschool Infant Sleep Policy


Each year in the United States there are about 3,500 sleep-related deaths. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 recommendations to reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths.

Parents and caregivers can help create a safe sleep area for babies, especially babies under twelve months of age, by taking the following steps:

  • Place your baby on his or her back for all sleep times—naps and at night. 
  • If an infant arrives at the program asleep or falls asleep while in a stroller or other equipment not specifically designed for sleep, remove the infant and place him or her in the appropriate sleep equipment.
  • Use a firm, flat sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved crib covered only by a fitted sheet. 
  • The baby’s sleep area is supervised at all times.
  • Do not place any soft bedding such as blankets, pillows, bumper pads, and soft toys out of your baby’s sleep area. 
  • Do not cover your baby’s head or allow your baby to get too hot. 
  • Use a wearable blanket.