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Safe Sleep for Babies

Sleep is a really important for your baby’s growth and development. Getting into sleep routines can be difficult when you have a new baby or are tired yourself. Sometimes the easiest options about where and how your baby falls asleep can put them at risk.

By remembering some simple guidelines, there are things you can do to keep your baby safe while they are sleeping. This will reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death.

  • Some families choose to co-sleep with their babies. This means they share a bed with their baby during the night, not just to feed or comfort. 

    As well as following the Safe Sleep Tips whilst co-sleeping, The Lullaby Trust advise; 

    - babies should sleep in a clear space

    - use a baby sleeping bag instead of loose bedding, such as pillows, sheets or blankets as these could cause them to overheat or block their airways

    - avoid letting pets or other children sleep in the bed

    - make sure baby won't fall out or get trapped between the mattress and a wall 

     

    When not to co-sleep

    if either you or your partner smokes

    - if either you or your partner has drunk alcohol or taken drugs

    - if either you or your partner has taken prescribed medication that might make you feel drowsy

    - you are extremely tired

    - your baby was premature (born at 37 weeks or earlier)

    - your baby had a low birth rate (5 1/2 pounds or less)

     

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  • To avoid loose bedding such as duvets and blankets, The Lullaby Trust recommend the use of baby sleeping bags. 

    Sleeping bags come in different sizes to fit the age of your baby. It is important that the sleeping bag fits well around your baby's shoulders so their head does not slip down into the bag.

    You can choose different sleeping bags for different times of the year, to help keep baby at the right temperature. 

     

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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