Safe sleeping

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome also known as SIDS, is the sudden and unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found.

Things to do to reduce the risk of SIDS...

Always place your baby on their back to sleep

Always place your baby on their back when going to sleep. If your baby has rolled onto their tummy, you should turn them onto their back again.

Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and birth

Smoking both during pregnancy and after your baby is born increases the risk of SIDS. If you and your partner smoke, you should not share a bed with your baby.

Breastfeed your baby

Breastfed babies have a lower chance of SIDS. Breastfeeding can help reduce the chance of SIDS compared to formula feeding alone.

Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or moses basket in the same room at you.

The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you both during day and night.

Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in a good condition

You should sleep your baby on a firm, flat, mattress that is clean and in a good condition. Avoid using soft or bulky bedding such a pillow, quilts and duvets.

Things to do avoid when putting your baby to sleep...

Don't sleep in the same bed as your baby.

Bed sharing increased the chance of SIDS especially if you or your partner smokes, has drunk alcohol or taken drugs (this can include medication that makes you drowsy). Bed sharing is also dangerous if your baby was premature or born with a low birth weight, even if you don’t drink, smoke or take drugs.

Avoid letting your baby get too hot

It’s important to make sure that your baby is a comfortable temperature. A room temperature of 16-20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight fitted sleep bag is comfortable and safer for sleeping babies.

Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby

Sofa sharing can increase the chanced of SIDS. Never sleep on a sofa or armchair with your baby next to you or on your chest, even during the day.

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The Lullaby Trust offer bereavement services if you have been affected by the death of your child due to SIDS.