Safer Sleeping July 2021
Safer sleeping advice
Becoming a parent is a special experience, but can be very daunting, especially when it comes to keeping your baby safe.
The Sandwell Children’s Safeguarding Partnership recommends some simple dos and don’ts for safe sleeping.
The advice is for all naps, not just night time sleeping.
- DO place your baby on their back to sleep, with their feet at the end of their cot or Moses basket
- DO keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and birth
- DO place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months
- DO breastfeed your baby, if you can
- DO use a flat, waterproof mattress in good condition
- DON’T sleep with your baby in a bed, on a sofa or in an armchair
- DON’T sleep in the same bed as your baby – the risk is further increased if you smoke, drink or take drugs or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight
- DON’T let your baby get too hot
- DON’T cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding
- DON’T put your baby to sleep next to another child
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.
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