A clear cot
A clear cot is a safer cot.
Babies need just a few basic items for sleep, including a firm, flat, waterproof mattress and some bedding.
We advise using blankets which are firmly tucked in, no higher than the baby’s shoulders or a baby sleeping bag.
There is evidence to suggest that babies are at higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) if they have their heads covered, and some items added to a cot may increase the risk of head-covering. Our advice is simple: a clear cot is a safer cot.
Choosing sleeping products for your baby
By placing unnecessary items in a Moses basket or baby’s cot can increase the risk of accidents. We recommend babies are slept in cots or Moses baskets that are kept as clear as possible and specifically advise:
- No pillows or duvets
- No cot bumpers
- No soft toys
- No pods, nests or raised or cushioned surfaces
- No loose bedding
- No products (such as wedges or straps) that will keep your baby in one sleeping position
Please read our safer sleep guide for young parents.
If you have any questions about safer sleep advice, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.