"Each new life...

No matter how fragile or brief...

Forever changes the world."

Contact Because of Cody...

815-293-SIDS (7437)              Email:  info@becauseofcody.org               PO Box 24, Bourbonnais, IL 60914

Additional Information about SIDS & Safe Sleep for Babies

Please click on the RIBBONS below for additional information

on keeping babies safe while they sleep and SIDS education.

                              This is What a Baby's Safe Sleep Environment Should Look Like

                          Safe Swaddling

                          Because of Cody...'s Safe Sleep Steps

                          Because of Cody...'s General Education Brochure

                          Because of Cody...'s Grandparent Brochure

                          Because of Cody...'s Spanish Safe Sleep Steps


Helping You Understand SIDS

Please click on the links below to help you better understand SIDS.

SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

What is SIDS?
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is the sudden and unexpected death of an apparently healthy infant under one year of age. 
  • It is NOT the same thing as suffocation, NOT caused by choking or vomiting, NOT contagious & it's NOT the result of child abuse or neglect. 

SIDS Facts & Statistics
  • SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants 1 month - 1 year of age.
  • 60% of SIDS deaths occur between 2 and 4 months of age.
  • 90% of SIDS deaths occur before 6 months of age.

  • 60% of SIDS victims are male and 40% are female.

  • SIDS occurs at a rate of approximately 1 per 1,800 live births in the US.

  • African American and American Indian/Alaska Native babies are 2-3 times more likely to die from SIDS.

  • Babies who are used to sleeping on their backs, but are placed on their tummies to sleep are 18 times more likely to die from SIDS. 

          > That is one of the major reasons why it is so important that anyone who cares for babies needs to know that

             BACK TO SLEEP is the ONLY option!

  • Since the Back to Sleep Campaign was started in 1992, the rate of SIDS has decreased by more than 50%. 

         > Recent research shows there has been a rise in other sleep-related deaths such as suffocation, asphyxia and


          > Many of the ways to keep babies safe during sleep will help lower the risk of all sleep-related deaths including 


Certain Babies are at a Higher Risk for SIDS
  • Premature babies born before 37 weeks gestation
  • Babies that weigh less than 5 pounds 8 ounces at birth
  • Twins and triplets
  • Babies born within 18 months of a sibling
  • Babies born to young mothers
  • Babies born to mothers who receive little or no prenatal care
  • Babies whose mothers smoked, consumed alcohol or illicit drugs during pregnancy

There Are Certain Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS Before Babies are Even Born!

Here are a few ways: 

  • Seek prenatal care early, regularly and throughout the entire pregnancy.
  • Always follow your doctor's recommendations.
  • AVOID smoking, alcohol & illicit drugs during pregnancy.
  • Consider breastfeeding.  It is recommended because it provides the right amount of nutrients & boosts baby's immune system.  Before your baby is born is the best time to learn more about this so you can make the best decision for you and your baby. 
Because of Cody... believes that EDUCATION is the
KEY to keeping babies safe while they sleep. 

We are dedicated to educating others about SIDS and Safe Sleep for Babies.