A clear cot is the safest cot for babies to sleep in and helps reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Babies only need a firm, flat, waterproof mattress and some bedding to sleep.
Evidence suggests that babies who have their head covered when they sleep are at a higher risk of SIDS and some unnecessary items added to a cot may end up accidentally covering a baby’s head. Some of these items can also increase the risk of accidents by obstructing the baby’s breathing.
The safest cot is a clear cot
We recommend that it is not advisable to place the following items in a baby’s cot;
- Pillows or duvets
- Cot bumpers
- Soft toys
- Loose bedding
- Products to keep a baby in one sleeping position such as straps or wedges.
More advice on reducing the risk of SIDS
Get top tips on how to reduce the risk of SIDS in Marina, Sharna and Anthony’s video:
Loren, Richelle, Jayde and Sharna explain four simple things you can do in their video:
You can find more information about sleeping your baby safely and reducing the risk of SIDS on our safer sleep for babies advice pages.