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How to choose baby sleeping products

Information on baby sleeping products and what your baby needs to sleep safely.

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Little Lullaby

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.

New baby sleep products come on to the market regularly. We don’t generally recommend for or against any individual brand of product. We do have some corporate partnerships with key manufacturers, but these do not influence the research that our safer sleep advice is based on.

The research that backs up 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, flat surface with a waterproof cover, and that the sleeping surface is in good condition and undamaged.

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
  • Mattress
  • 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
  • Hammocks
  • 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.

Please read the Lullaby Trust’s product guide to buying safer sleep essentials and their checklist.

If you have any questions about safer sleep advice and baby sleeping products, please feel free to get in touch at