It’s important to sleep your baby on their back with their feet at the foot of the cot, so they can’t wriggle down under the blankets.
This can help to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), because babies are at risk of overheating if their heads are covered.
Use sheets or blankets that are firmly tucked-in — never higher than their armpits — or use a baby sleeping bag, but don’t add extra blankets on top of a baby sleeping bag.
The mattress you use should be firm, flat, waterproof and in a good condition. Avoid using loose bedding, pillows, quilts and duvets.
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:
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You can find more information about reducing the risk of SIDS for your baby on our safer sleep advice pages.