Sleeping Baby

Training Toolkit

SUID/SIDS Prevention


This toolkit presents selected training curricula, programs, and resources. Materials in each category are listed beginning with the most recent item.

Table of Contents

Training: Risk Reduction and Health Promotion

Safe to Sleep Public Education Campaign. Videos, brochures and other materials based on the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations from 2011. Some of the materials are in Spanish. There are two continuing education programs (for nurses and pharmacists) that have not yet been updated.

Baby Essentials Online. (2013). Change for Our Children (New Zealand). Training module to educate family service providers about safe sleep. Includes materials for families and summaries in 20 languages.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Facts for NICU Nurses. (2013). Aris CA, McMullen SL, Lipke BM, Le Mura CA, Consenstein L. Syracuse, NY: St. Joseph's Hospital. PowerPoint training module for NICU nurses.

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Keeping Babies Safe. (2012). Healthy Child Care America. PowerPoint training module for child care providers.

Hospital Initiative Toolkit. (2011). Cribs for Kids. Materials for starting a hospital-based infant safe sleep program, including a nursing education module and a public education book. Some consumer materials are in Spanish.

Helping Babies, Healing Families: Program Manual & Trainer's Guide. (2009). Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, SUID/SIDS Program. Manual and accompanying training guide designed to support the staff of local and state programs to provide comprehensive sudden unexpected infant death/sudden infant death syndrome (SUID/SIDS) risk-reduction and bereavement-program services. The trainer’s guide, adapted from a publication produced by the National Cancer Institute, focuses on how to conduct trainings, presentations, and informational sessions for a variety of audiences.

video icon Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Reducing the Risk. (2008). First Candle/SIDS Alliance and Maternal and Child Health Bureau. 58-minute video, part of the Nursing Grand Rounds Teleconference Series at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the Child Care Provider: Sample Drill: Emergency Procedures for an Unresponsive Infant. (2007). First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center (NSIDPSC). Fact sheet describing how a drill should proceed, emergency procedures, and what to do if an infant dies.

Model Behavior: The Most Important Modeling Job of Your Life. First Candle/SIDS Alliance and the National SIDS and Infant Death Program Support Center (NSIDPSC). Web-based training materials for nurses on how to serve as role models in neonatal intensive care units and well-baby units. Includes sample policies developed with input from nursing staff and educators, SIDS researchers, trainers, and other health professionals. Also includes a poster. Addresses five key areas: sleep position, bedding/soft materials, crib/bed sharing and breastfeeding, swaddling/bundling, and tobacco exposure.

California SIDS Program: Training. Tips for planning and conducting a successful SIDS training. Includes a training checklist as well as tools and resources for training emergency personnel, public health professionals, child care providers (in English and Spanish), and mortuary professionals.

Training: Culturally Competent Services

Engaging Ethnic Media to Inform Communities About Safe Infant Sleep. (2012). National Center for Cultural Competence.

African American Failth Based Bereavement Initiative. (2011). National Center for Cultural Competence and SUID/SIDS Program Support Center at First Candle. Training specifically developed for clergy in the African American Christian faith community to improve supports for families experiencing stillbirth and infant mortality.

Healthy Native Babies Project Workbook and Toolkit. (2010). Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Healthy Native Babies Project Workgroup. A comprehensive SIDS risk-reduction and safe-sleep guide for health professionals, social workers, community organizers, and others working in Native communities. The packet outlines the facts about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), explains how to reduce the risk, provides strategies for reaching Native communities, and presents action steps for sustaining a Healthy Native Babies project. 

Think Cultural Health. (2008). Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Two Web-based curricula, one for physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners and one for nurses, with free continuing medical education credits and continuing education units. Designed to effectively equip physicians and nurses with cultural and linguistic competencies, using case studies and interactive features. Infusing Cultural and Linguistic Competence into Health Promotion Training. (2005). National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC). Online streaming video (90 min.) designed for individuals or groups to build knowledge and capacity to infuse principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence into health-promotion training. The video is divided into chapters so that it can be watched in one viewing or over several training sessions. The chapters allow viewers to stop at key points for discussion or small group exercises. Guidelines on using the video for group training are also provided.

A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials. (2003). National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC). Guidance on how to ensure that health-promotion materials reflect principles and practices of cultural and linguistic competence.

Native Generations. Urban Indian Health Institute. A campaign addressing high rates of infant mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Includes a video, video sharing guide, video discussion guide, resources for families including information on SIDS. Roots of Health Inequity. National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Institutes of Health. Online learning collaborative for public health professionals to explore the causes of systemic differences in health and wellness that can be addressed in the public health arena.

Training for First Responders

See the training section of the National SUID/SIDS Resource Center's First Responders page.

Resources to Support and Enhance Training

Guidelines, Strategies, and Core Competencies

Crib Information Center. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Standards for cribs and play yards, enforcement guidance for child care providers.

SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths: Expansion of Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment (Policy Statement | Technical Report). 2011. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction: Applicable Standards from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd ed. (2012). American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, and National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. Covers standards on qualifications of staff and orientation, training, and continuing education, as well as safe sleep position, environment, and policies.

Bereavement Counseling for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Infant Mortality: Core Competencies for the Health Care Professional. (2004). Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs. Offers core competencies that health professionals need to provide appropriate and effective bereavement support. The competencies are nonsectarian and respectful of cultural differences.

Fetal and Infant Morality Review Manual: A Guide for Communities (2nd ed) (2008).

Wisdom from the Field Podcasts and Other Multimedia Resources Online Multimedia Resources. National SUID/SIDS Resource Center. Wisdom From the Field series with personal stories from health professionals; Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Professionals-Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs research webinars; Power-Point presentations and archived webinars; and videos. Includes Safe Infant Sleep videos analyzed by AAP recommendations.

Additional Materials

March 2013