Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
78.7 percent (2016)

88.9 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

78.7 percent of infants born in 2016 were put to sleep on their backs

Increase the proportion of infants who are put to sleep on their backs

Target-Setting Method


Putting infants to sleep on their backs reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths. Although rates of SIDS have fallen over the last few decades, SIDS is still the leading cause of death in infants aged 28 days and over. Teaching caregivers about safe sleep practices is key to increasing the proportion of infants put to sleep on their backs.

Topics:  Infants, Sleep