It’s The Lullaby Trust’s annual safer sleep awareness week so to help promote safer sleep for babies and reduce the risk of SIDS, I am sharing the top line Do’s and Don’ts to keep your little ones sleeping safe and sound.
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep
- Keep their cot clear of soft toys
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
- Breastfeed your baby, if you can
- Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
- Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
- Sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
- Sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol or taken drugs
- Sleep in the same bed as your baby if you are extremely tired, or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
- Cover your baby’s face or head whilst sleeping or use loose bedding
- Let your baby get to hot
Remember… the safest place for your baby in the first 6 months is a cot in your room.
For more information on safe sleep for babies you can visit lullabytrust.org.uk
Sam, The Baby Guru
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