The following resources are intended to be a resource tool for evidence-based information and support for caregivers in the prevention and application of safe sleep practices for infants.
The Virginia Department of Social Services encourages every parent and partner to share safe sleep education. Our toolkit includes social media posts, Safe Sleep 365 pledge badges, infographics and more that can be easily shared as we work together to keep infants safe.
Through the National Governors Association's Three Branch Institute, VDSS has led Virginia's team in developing and implementing an integrated approach to improve safety and reduce child fatalities throughout the Commonwealth.
Every year, an estimated 3,700 infants die in the United States due to sudden unexpected infant death (SUID), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports nearly 1 in 5 sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) occur while an infant is in the care of someone other than a parent or usual caregiver.