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Outreach Coordinator
(614) 645-1762

Campaign Contact
(614) 645-8507 

Infant Safe Sleep


On average, a baby dies every other week due to unsafe sleep practices in Franklin County. This is approximately 22 babies who die suddenly each year. In fact, sleep-related infant deaths are a major reason for Franklin County’s high infant mortality rate (IMR), and they are the leading cause of death for babies who are one month to one year of age. Too many babies die in unsafe sleep environments. In  Franklin County (2012-2014), 89% of babies who died while sleeping we either not alone, not on their backs, or not in a crib. Most of these deaths are preventable.

Learn why it’s safest for our baby to follow the ABCs of safe sleep – Alone. Back. Crib. Every baby, every sleep!

Why the ABC’s?

Alone: 2 out of 3 babies who died while sleeping were sharing an adult bed, couch or chair. Share the room, not the bed.
Back: Babies who sleep on their backs are less likely to choke than those who sleep on their stomachs and are also able to breathe easier.
Crib: Empty cribs are safest, using a firm mattress and fitted sheet. No bumper pads, pillows, blankets or stuffed animals, or else babies may suffocate or strangle themselves.

Infant Safe Sleep Outreach

If you would like a presentation on the top ten tips for infant safe sleep or a safe sleep display at your community event, contact Nikki Jenkins, Infant Safe Sleep Outreach Manager, at or (614)645-1762.

Become a CelebrateOne Safe Sleep Ambassador

Attend a free, two-hour training at Columbus Public Health to learn more about infant mortality and infant safe sleep. Then, make a difference in your community: spread the word about the ABCs of Safe Sleep to all caregivers. For more information including dates and times, click here.

Infant Safe Sleep Public Awareness Campaign

Greater Columbus-area public awareness campaign featuring television, radio, print, online, mobile, movie theater and Facebook ads, as well as billboards and bench ads throughout the community. Learn more ... 

Infant Safe Sleep Public Awareness Campaign Materials

Campaign materials available for ordering and free download for partners (including local agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, and others who work with new and expecting parents). Learn more ... 

Safe Sleep Resources and Links

Additional infant safe sleep information, including local data, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep recommendations, and presentations tailored for specific audiences such as nurses, childcare providers, and safety professionals/first responders. Learn more...


The Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force, formed in November 2013 by Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther, created a community plan to reduce the number of babies who die or face ongoing illnesses and disabilities in their first year of life.  CelebrateOne was created to carry out the eight recommendations of the Task Force. CelebrateOne works to ensure our community reaches the ambitious goal of reducing infant mortality by 40 percent and cutting the racial disparity gap in half over the next five years. Learn more...