At Little Lullaby, we always advise that the safest cot is a clear cot. It is safest to keep baby’s cot clear of any items such as bumpers, toys and loose bedding as if baby’s head is covered it puts them at a higher risk of SIDS.
Cot bumpers can increase the risk of an accident to your baby once they begin to roll and move in the cot. This can include suffocation and/or strangulation.
As your baby becomes more mobile, cot bumpers can be used to climb on and there have been a number of cases in the UK and abroad where infants have become entangled in the ties and material, or even fallen from pulling themselves up on the bumpers.
The safest sleeping space for your baby is in a cot, on a flat, firm and waterproof mattress with no loose bedding or bumpers. Also, please avoid using any soft or bulky bedding as well as any type of pod, nest or sleep positioner as these could lead to overheating which can increase the chance of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) too.
If you have any questions or queries about safer sleep advice or cot bumpers, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about sleeping your baby safely and reducing the risk of SIDS on our safer sleep for babies advice pages.