The best sleeping position for a baby - Little Lullaby
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The best sleeping position for a baby

Sleeping your baby on their back at the beginning of every sleep or nap (day and night) reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

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When sleeping your baby you should always place your baby on their back not on their front or side.

Sleeping your baby on their back for every sleep, day and night can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). It is the safest way to sleep your baby.

You should never place your baby to sleep on their front or side (unless your doctor has advised you to do so for a medical reason).

What to do if your baby rolls on their tummy

If your baby has rolled onto their tummy, turn them onto their back again. Once your baby can roll from back to front and back again, on their own, you can leave them to find their own position.

We have a clear cot policy and don’t recommend the use of any anti rolling devices, positioners or anything additional in the cot such as pillows, toys etc. as this can lead to head covering or risk of suffocation.

During the day when you are supervising your baby, give them plenty of tummy time and play games to encourage him to roll from back to front and to back again, and to strengthen their arms and neck muscles.

The importance of a sleep routine

The best way to make sure your baby sleeps on their back is to start this from day one, and keep putting them to sleep on their back for every day and night time sleep.

It’s also important that you keep the same routine for your baby, as babies who are normally slept on their backs but sometimes slept on their fronts are at a greater risk of sudden death.

Take a look at our fact sheet on the best sleeping position for your baby.

If you have any questions about safer sleep, please feel free to contact info@littlelullaby.org.uk and a member of the team will be in touch.