How to reduce the risk of SIDS: a video by young parents

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Babies need a lot of sleep during the first few months of their lives, and where they get that sleep is very important.

That’s why young parents Marina, Sharna and Anthony made this video to show how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) for your baby.

Here’s what they say in the video if you can’t watch it…

Marina: Parent should avoid bed-sharing with their babies because it increases the risk of SIDS, especially if they’ve been drinking, taking drugs or if they are over-tired.

The best place for the baby to sleep is in their own bed on a firm mattress.

It’s important to place the baby on their back — never on their side or on their front. You place the baby’s feet to the foot of the bed and if you use a blanket, use a thin, lightweight blanket, never higher than the baby’s armpits and firmly tucked in under the baby’s mattress.

The baby should never be wearing a hat indoors, or placed next to a radiator because it can increase the chances of the baby overheating.

You should never place toys in the cot or the Moses basket. If your baby is under the age of 1, never use a pillow, duvet or a thick blanket.

Keep your baby in a smoke-free environment, as this will reduce the chances of SIDS.

If you choose to use a dummy, consistent use can lower the risk of SIDS. However, if you choose not to use a dummy, this doesn’t mean that your baby is at any more risk.

Similarly, if you choose to exclusively breastfeed, this can reduce the risk of SIDS.

Sharna: Shall we have a go?

Anthony: Yeah, let’s give it a try…

[Demonstration]

Anthony: It’s alright to doze off with baby on a sofa and have a little nap, isn’t it?

Marina: No, avoid sleeping on an armchair or sofa with a baby — it’s one of the most high-risk sleeping situations.

Anthony: Really?

Sharna: So I can’t sleep with them on my chest?

Marina: No, don’t do it.

More safer sleep advice from our Young Parent Ambassadors

Ellie, Sharna, Richelle, Jayde and Loren talk about 4 simple ways to reduce the risk of SIDS for your baby.

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