Sleep Safety Guidelines for Babies

by Laura Driver

Every parent should know about safe sleeping with their little one. Safe sleeping advice has helped to massively reduce SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Until your little one is six months old, the safest place for them to sleep is in a cot,
in your room

Here is some safe sleep advice;

  • Always place your baby to sleep on their back - in the 'feet to foot' sleeping position - with
    their feet at the bottom of the cot
  • Tuck in the blanket no higher than their shoulders
  • Your baby’s head should always be uncovered
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke in the house
  • Don't share a bed with your baby if you're really tired, have drunk alcohol or taken any
    form of drugs, or if you or your partner smoke
  • Don’t take your baby into your bed if they were born prematurely, before 37 weeks, or had
    a low birth weight (less 5 1/2 pounds).
  • Never go to sleep on the sofa or in a chair while holding your baby.
  • Remove any soft toys from the cot before your baby goes to sleep.
  • A second-hand mattress, brought in from outside your family home, may increase the risk
    of SIDS
  • Don't use duvets, pillows or cot bumpers
  • Try to keep your baby’s room at a constant temperature – the ideal is about 18C
  • Never put your baby’s cot next to a radiator or in direct sunlight

For lots of useful information about safe sleep for babies and SIDS, go to the Lullaby Trust website at www.lullabytrust.org.uk o... call their advice line on 0808 802 6869.


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    Written by

    Laura Driver

    Blogger & Social Media Manager
    Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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