Being a parent is such a special and rewarding experience. But let’s be honest, it can drive us almost mad as well, constantly trying to make the right decisions to keep our babies and toddlers as safe as possible.
Babies need a lot of sleep during the first few months of their lives so it’s important to ensure that they are sleeping as safely as possible.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps that you can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.
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Keeping your baby safer while they sleep
You should try to follow this advice for all sleep periods, not just at night.
Things you can do:
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
- Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition.
Things to avoid:
- Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby.
- Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight.
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot.
- Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding.
- To avoid accidents, remove all pillows, soft bedding, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot.