National Safer Sleep Week takes place from 11th-17th March and is aimed at raising awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the proven advice on how parents can reduce the risk of it occurring.
For a safer sleep follow this advice from The Lullaby Trust
- Always place your baby on their back for sleep. No special equipment or products are needed to keep them on their back. Once they start to roll from front to back by themselves, you can leave them to find their own position for sleep.
- Give your baby a clear, safe sleep space, in the same room as you. Whatever space you choose, it needs to be a firm flat mattress with no raised or cushioned areas, no pillows, quilts or duvets, bumpers, no pods, nests or sleep positioners and always make sure your baby’s head is kept uncovered so they don’t get too hot.
- Keep your baby smoke free before and after birth. Smoking in pregnancy and around your baby greatly increases the chance of SIDS. Make every effort to take up the help to stop smoking provided locally.
- Bed-share safely. It is dangerous to share a bed with your baby if you or anyone in the bed has recently drunk any alcohol, you or anyone in the bed smokes, you or anyone in the bed has taken any drugs that make you feel sleepy, your baby was born prematurely.
- Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair. The risk of SIDS is 50 times higher for babies when they sleep on a sofa or armchair with an adult. They are also at risk of accidental death as they can easily slip into a position where they are trapped and can’t breathe.
Learn how to give your baby the safest possible sleep at www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safersleep or call 0808 802 6868