Safer sleep advice to reduce the risk of SIDS
Please share with anyone interacting with families of young children…
To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), we recommend that families follow safer sleep advice for babies at all times (whether night or day, including when out of their normal routine):
- Always put the baby on their back for every sleep, day or night
- They should sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as the parent/carer for the first six months
- The safest mattress for the baby is firm and flat
- Sleeping environments should be clear of additional items such as toys and bumpers, and sleep positioning devices or rolled-up blankets should not be used (unless specifically advised by a professional)
- Never use eye masks for babies or young infants
- If co-sleeping, be aware of the latest advice as this can be dangerous (in particular, be aware that changes in medication could lead to increased risk of SIDS when co-sleeping), and
- Be aware that the risk of SIDS is greatly increased if the parents/carers smoke.
Please note that it is particularly important to remember safe sleeping guidance when outside of normal sleep routines, for example when moving house, staying overnight with friends or family, or when on holiday etc.
- Advice relating to sleep positioning devices, and
- Keeping a clear cot/sleeping environment and avoiding product enhancements.
For more information, go to The Lullaby Trust’s website.