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Sleep safety advice for your baby

Read our baby sleep safety advice to ensure your little one sleeps soundly and safely... Baby sleep safety guidelines

  • Always put your baby to sleep on his back - in the 'feet to foot' position - with his feet at the bottom of the cot and tuck in any covering no higher than his shoulders. His head should always be uncovered.
  • Let your baby sleep in his own cot in your room for the first six months, if possible.
  • Breastfeed your baby - this has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Don't take your baby into your bed if you're very tired, have drunk alcohol or have taken any form of drugs, or if your baby was premature (born before 37 weeks) or had a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 5 1/2 pounds).
  • It is especially dangerous for your baby to sleep in your bed if either of you or your partner are smokers (even if you never smoke in the house).
  • Never go to sleep on the sofa or in an armchair holding your baby.
  • Try to keep his room at a constant temperature – the ideal is between 16°C - 20°C.
  • Never put his cot next to a heater or blower or in direct sunlight as he could overheat.
  • Use a new, firm, flat mattress that doesn't need protecting with a waterproof sheet.
  • Don't use duvets, pillows or cot bumpers
  • Don’t allow anyone to smoke in the house, especially in the room with your baby.
  • If your baby goes off his feeds, is hotter than usual or seems unwell seek urgent medical advice.
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