The Alabama Department of Public Health wants to draw special attention to the importance of safe sleeping for infants during October, SIDS/S-U-I-D Awareness Month. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Sudden Unexplained Infant Death are the sudden, unexpected deaths of babies younger than 1 year of age whose deaths are not immediately obvious prior to investigation. SIDS/S-U-I-D is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. In 2013, 101 infants died from sleep-related causes in Alabama with an additional 6 deaths possibly being sleep related due to suffocation or strangulation. Key ways to reduce the risk of SIDS/S-U-I-D and other sleep-related causes of infant death include: Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, your baby may sleep in the same room where you sleep but not in the same space, and use a firm sleep surface with a fitted sheet, free from soft objects such as pillows, toys, blankets and bumper pads, also do not allow your baby to sleep in car seats, swings or be propped on any device.