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Pat Sharp

Sleep Safe Tips

Putting your baby down to sleep

 To keep your baby safe and to reduce the risks of sudden infant death (sometimes called cot death) always make sure:

• You put the baby down on their back to sleep, never on their front or side
• The cot is beside the parents’ bed for at least the first six months
• The mattress is firm and flat – waterbeds, bean bags and sagging mattresses are not suitable
• Your baby is not overdressed or covered with too much bedding (no more than you would use yourself)
• The bedding must not be able to cover the baby’s head
• The room is not too hot – 16-20 degrees Celsius is ideal
• The room in which the baby sleeps is a smoke-free zone.
• Do not sleep with your baby if you have been drinking.
• Do not sleep with your baby if you have been taking drugs prescription or otherwise, that affect perception, cause drowsiness or affect depth of sleep
• Co-sleeping should also be avoided if the baby has a fever or any signs of illness.
• Sleeping with a baby on a sofa or other soft surface should also be avoided.

Sources of information and advice

Foundation for Sudden Infant Deaths

The Baby Friendly Initiative

National Breastfeeding Helpline

NHS Breastfeeding information - Information on breastfeeding from the NHS.