Sleep Safety Guidelines for Babies

by Laura Driver

Safe sleeping advice has helped to dramatically reduce SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome,
or cot death) and is something every parent should know about.
Until your baby is six months old, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in their own cot,
in the same room as you, whether it’s during the night or at nap time in the day. 

  • Always place your baby to sleep on their back - in the 'feet to foot' sleeping position - with
    their feet at the bottom of the cot. 
  • Tuck in the blanket no higher than their shoulders. Your baby’s head should always be
  • Breastfeed your baby, which reduces the risk of SIDS.
  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke in the house, especially in the same room with your baby. 
  • Don't share a bed with your baby if you're really tired, have drunk alcohol or taken any
    form of drugs, or if you or your partner smoke (even if you never smoke in the house).
  • Don’t take your baby into your bed if they were born prematurely, before 37 weeks, or had
    a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 5 1/2 pounds).
  • Never go to sleep on the sofa or in a chair while holding your baby.
  • Remove any soft toys from the cot before your baby goes to sleep.
  • A second-hand mattress, brought in from outside your family home, may increase the risk
    of SIDS. To be on the safe side, you may decide to buy a new mattress. Choose a firm, flat
    mattress with its own waterproof cover and if it’s been used before by your older children,
    make sure it’s in good condition without any rips or tears. It should fit snugly within the
  • Don't use duvets, pillows or cot bumpers.
  • Try to keep your baby’s room at a constant temperature – the ideal is about 18C.
    Never put your baby’s cot next to a radiator or in direct sunlight, because they could

For lots of useful information about safe sleep for babies and SIDS, go to the Lullaby Trust website at o... call their advice line on 0808 802 6869.

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    Written by

    Laura Driver

    Blogger & Social Media Manager
    Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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