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Keeping your sleeping baby safe
18 Jan 2018

Recent research seems to show that some parents may not know the best ways to keep their baby safe while he or she is sleeping. There are many things that can be done to keep them safe.

Reducing the risks of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and fatal sleep accidents

  1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side.
  2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered.
  3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after.
  4. Provide a safe sleeping environment.
  5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as parents for the first six to twelve months.   
  6. Breastfeed baby.

Sleep environments

There are also steps that can be taken to make sleep environments safer for babies. While babies are asleep they may get into dangerous situations. They may:

  • suffocate under bedding
  • choke on toys or other objects
  • be caught between the cot side and mattress
  • be strangled on cords and ribbons.

The reasons for this are that they:

  • are not able to control their own sleeping situations
  • cannot understand danger
  • may not be able to move out of a dangerous situation
  • may place things in their mouths or around their necks and choke.

To find out much more about keeping sleeping babies safe have a look the topic Safe sleep for babies and toddlers.