Some research suggests that using a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of SIDS. Please read our safer sleep advice on dummies and SIDS.
We do not know exactly what it is about a dummy that may help reduce the chance of a baby dying of SIDS. As with most of the safer sleep information, we only know that there is good evidence to show what you can do to reduce the chance of SIDS, and what increases the chance and what should be avoided.
If you choose to give your baby a dummy:
- Wait until breastfeeding is well established (at about 4 weeks old)
- Stop giving a dummy to your baby to go to sleep between 6 and 12 months
- Don’t force your baby to take a dummy or put it back in if your baby spits it out
- Don’t use a neck cord
- Don’t put anything sweet on their dummy, and don’t offer it when they’re awake
- Using an orthodontic dummy is best as it adjusts to your baby’s mouth shape
- If you choose to use a dummy, make sure it’s part of your baby’s regular sleep routine
If you have any questions or queries about safer sleep advice, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about sleeping your baby safely and dummies and SIDS on our safer sleep for babies advice pages.