Safer Sleep Week
You've been planning what life with your new baby will be like since the moment you found out you were pregnant. You thought about the birth and getting to know your newborn, and you've also thought about where your new baby will sleep. Ah yes, sleep...I vaguely remember that.
From the 12-18 March 2018, The Lullaby Trust and their partners aim to make sure parents in the UK know the importance of safer sleep and spread awareness of how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, there are steps parents can take to reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.
You should follow this advice from the Lullaby Trust for all sleep periods, not just at night.
Things you can do…
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- 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.
Things to avoid…
- Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby.
- Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol, have taken drugs or medication or are extremely tired, or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight.
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot.
- Don’t cover your baby’s face or head whilst sleeping or use loose bedding.
- To avoid accidents remove all pillows, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot.