Child Injury Prevention (Ages 0-6)

Safe sleep


Why is this issue important? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related situations are the leading cause of death for infants under six months in Canada and the 3rd leading cause of death for those under 1. 

Primary messages

The images and messages depicted are the most common ways that children 0-6 are injured from sleep related injuries. Visit the Images section for each topic to view and download the images with their corresponding messages.

How to use the images?

These images can be useful in starting discussion about what caregivers know about how to prevent injury and to problem-solve around the barriers they encounter in keeping their children safe.  The images can also be integrated into other resources that you create, such as posters, calendars, displays, etc.

Program examples and evaluation tool

These safe sleep examples are based on the best practice and share activities that groups have done or could undertake.

The following documents are available for download:

Supplementary messages and resources

  • Infants placed on their back to sleep, have a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Preventing exposure to tobacco smoke, before and after birth, reduces the risk of SIDS.
  • The safest place for an infant to sleep is in a crib, cradle, or basinet that meets current Canadian regulations.
  • Infants who share a room with a parent or caregiver have a lower risk of SIDS.
  • Infants who share a sleeping surface with an adult have a greater risk of SIDS.
  • Breastfeeding provides a protective effect for SIDS.

For additional messaging and information visit the Home safety: Bed time section of the Parachute website 



Public Health Agency of Canada analysis of 2009 mortality data from Statistics Canada and 2010/11 hospitalization data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information. (This is the most recent data available.)