If you’re concerned about your baby’s sleep, you’re not alone.
New parents often worry about sleep safety and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and rightly so. Babies need a lot of sleep in the first few months of their lives, so it’s extremely important to ensure they are sleeping as safe as possible.
Here is what you can do to help protect your baby from SIDS and keep her safe and secure while she sleeps:
- Breastfeed your baby if possible.
- Always put your baby on his or her back to sleep.
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
- The safest place for your baby to sleep at night is in a cot or Moses basket in your room for the first 6 months.
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in a good condition.
- Place your baby’s feet to the foot of the cot.
- Don’t put pillows, blankets, toys or bumpers in the cot where your baby sleeps.
- Make sure your baby’s head stays uncovered when asleep.
- Do not let your baby get too hot or too cold.
- Don’t fall asleep in bed with your baby if you or your partner smoke, have taken alcohol, drugs or medication that makes you sleep more heavily or if you’re extremely tired.
- Never fall asleep with your baby on a sofa or an armchair.
- If your baby is unwell, call the doctor.
Safe sleeping everyone! x