We appreciate that over the festive season you might receive soft toys and cot accessories for your baby. Some parents may want to put these in their baby’s 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.
New parents now have a huge range of baby products to choose from and it can be really confusing to know what is needed. Our advice is simple: a clear cot is a safer cot.
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. Unnecessary items in a baby’s cot, such as cot bumpers, toys, duvets or pillows, loose bedding can increase the risk of accidents.
If you have any questions or queries about safer sleep advice, please feel free to get in touch at email@example.com.
You can find more information about sleeping your baby safely and reducing the risk of SIDS on our safer sleep for babies advice pages.