Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Safely With Your Baby
Every parent is different. Some want to sleep separately and others want to co-sleep. Both options are fine but it is important to know how to do it safely.
Sudden infant death (SIDS) is the unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found. While it isn’t as common as it used to be, unfortunately it does still happen. There are, however, lots of steps you can take to reduce any risks of it happening to your baby.
The Safe Sleeping Guidelines have been developed by the Lullaby Trust, who research and promote expert advice on safe sleeping and provide specialist support for bereaved families.
Things you can do to ensure your baby sleeps safely:
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep
- Put your baby to sleep in a Crib or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
- The ideal room temperature is between 16-20 degrees
- Keep your baby smoke-free during pregnancy and after birth
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in a good condition (we’d recommend that you always buy this new if you get a second hand cot/crib/moses basket)
- Ensure a clear cot; no toys, cot bumpers, loose sheets, pillows, duvets, no nests or sleep positioning aids.
- Breast feed; breast fed babies have a lower chance of SIDS
- Use a dummy; some research suggests that it might lower the risk of SIDS
Things to avoid to prevent any issues:
- Sleeping together on the sofa or armchair
- Don’t co-sleep if you smoke, drink, take drugs or are extremely tired. Or, if your baby was premature or a low birth weight.
- Avoid your baby getting to hot
- Don’t cover your baby’s face or head whilst sleeping
- Don’t use loose bedding
- Don’t use the following sleep products; pods or nests, pillows, duvets or thick heavy bedding, cot bumpers, hammocks or sleep positioners
To read more about the advice above in more detail, or to read the latest research on safe sleeping visit www.lullabytrust.org.uk.