How to choose baby sleeping products
Information on baby sleeping products and what your baby needs to sleep safely.
When you become a parent, it can be easy to be influenced by family members, friends and marketing when it comes to buying products for your baby. With all the baby products out there making different claims it can be quite overwhelming choosing what items your baby needs.
To help with this The Lullaby Trust has put together a product guide with information on how to choose the products or items your baby needs to reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), what types of products you should avoid and what the marketing means.
Our guidance is based on the information and advice from The Lullaby Trust.
Choosing baby sleeping products
The number of products available can be confusing, but it’s important to remember…
The safest place for a baby to sleep is a separate cot, crib or Moses basket. We recommend a firm, flat, waterproof mattress.
Information about products
The research that supports our safer sleep advice has found that the safest environment for a baby to sleep is a separate sleeping place (such as a cot) that has a firm, entirely flat mattress with a waterproof cover and no raised or cushioned areas.
Things to check when buying baby sleep products
Does the product comply with British Standards? If so, it should say on the product itself, its packaging, instructions or website. Having a British Standard doesn’t mean a product is suitable for safer sleep but does guarantee a basic level of safety such as not falling apart or setting on fire easily.
If the item is something for your baby to sleep on such as a mattress it is important to make sure:
- it’s firm (a baby’s head should not sink in by more than a few millimetres)
- it’s entirely flat with no raised or cushioned areas
- it has a waterproof cover
Essentials that your baby needs
For safer sleep there is no need to buy lots of products or spend more on expensive items.
There are just a few items that we recommend including:
- Cot, crib or Moses basket
- Portable sleep space such as Moses basket, travel cot or carry cot
- Sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket
- Room thermometer
- Car seat
Products that we would advise you not to buy
There are some items that we would not recommend including:
- Pods or nests
- Pillows, duvets or thick heavy bedding
- Cot bumpers
- Sleep positioners
More information on the products we do and do not recommend is available in The Lullaby Trust’s product guide.
We asked young parents about who and what influenced them and they also share some helpful advice on how to handle the pressure of choosing products for babies. Find out more in the video below.
If you have any questions about safer sleep advice and baby sleeping products, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.