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Safer sleeping tips - keep your baby safe while they sleep. 

 

  Things you can do...

 

  • for the first 6 months, the safest place for your baby to sleep (day or night) is in their own cot or Moses basket in the same room as you
  • always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • keep your baby smokefree during pregnancy and after birth
  • breastfeed your baby, if you can use a firm, flat and waterproof mattress in a good condition
  • room temperature should be between 16 - 20°C. It’s normal for a baby’s hands and feet to feel cool. To check if your baby is too warm feel their stomach
  • use lightweight bedding that can be tucked in below shoulder height and remember a folded sheet or blanket is a double layer
  • remove your baby’s warm clothing and hat when bringing them in from the outside

 

  Co-sleeping 

 

If you share a bed with your baby...

  • use lightweight bedding and make sure there are no pillows, sheets, blankets or any other items that could obstruct their breathing or cause them to overheat
  • never use a swaddle, a baby sleeping bag or baby blankets in addition to your own bedding, as this can cause your baby to overheat
  • don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink (alcohol), take drugs (including prescribed drugs that make you drowsy), are extremely tired or your baby was born prematurely or was of a low birth weight
  • never share the bed with older siblings or place your baby between you or your partner
  • ensure your baby can’t fall out of bed or become trapped between the mattress or wall

 

  Things to avoid...

 

  • never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • never cover your baby’s face or head whilst they are sleeping
  • don’t use pillows, bumpers, loose bedding or duvets in your baby’s cot and make sure you remove any toys before they go to sleep
  • avoid letting your baby get too hot

 

  Swaddling

 

If you swaddle your baby...

  • make sure you swaddle them loosely in thin materials
  • leave their head uncovered and restrict the use of other bedding

 

 Baby sleeping bags

 

 If you use baby sleeping bags...

  • fit it over your baby’s shoulders to ensure they can’t slip down into the sleeping bag, resulting in their head becoming covered
  • you don’t need any additional bedding. Follow the manufacturer’s guidance and use the correct tog rating and clothing according to the room temperature

Last Updated: Wednesday, 04 April 2018 07:56

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