Some research suggests that using a dummy when sleeping your baby could reduce the risk of SIDS.
Some research suggests that using a dummy when putting a baby down to sleep could reduce the risk of SIDS. However, it’s advised to wait until after breastfeeding has been established before introducing a dummy.
We don’t know exactly what it is about a dummy that could help reduce the chance of a baby dying of SIDS. As with most of our safer sleep information, we only know that there is good evidence to show what you can do to reduce the chance of SIDS, what increases the chance and what should be avoided.
If you choose to give your baby a dummy, we would advise you to:
- Wait until breastfeeding is well established (at up to 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
- Make sure it’s part of your baby’s regular sleep routine
Please read our fact sheet on dummies.
If you have any questions or queries about safer sleep advice and dummies, please feel free to get in touch at email@example.com.