Please join the Office of Child Care’s National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance for a free webinar on safe sleep. Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Updated 2022 Recommendations for Reducing Infant Deaths in the Sleep Environment. Lead by Dr. Rachel Moon, an American Academy of Pediatrics’ subject-matter expert, who will discuss recommendations and answer questions.


Thursday, September 29, 2022

2:30-3:30pm EDT


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List of resources for baby sleep safely and ways to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Vital information for all that care for babies.

About 3,400 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the United States. Most of these deaths result from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death, such as suffocation.




For children who are non-nappers it is important to be prepared with quiet activities. These quiet time activities may help alleviate stress for non-nappers as well as help children who need a nap get the sleep they need.

 Quiet Time Activities Handout


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The amount of sleep young children need varies. An infant typically needs 16 to 20 hours of sleep per day. It is normal for a newborn to wake up every two or three hours to be fed. At around four months babies begin to need less sleep, 10 to 12 hours at night and nap 2 to 3 hours mid-day. Infant sleep patterns are usually related to their feeding schedules and become consistent as long as parents and caregivers are mindful to keep the schedule consistent. Preschool age (2-5 years) children tend to nap between 2-3 hours but begin to need less time as they move toward their 5th birthday.