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Safe Sleeping


Safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can put your baby to sleep to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.


Safe Sleep Rules

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep. Feet near the end of the Moses Basket. Blanket tucked in under your Baby’s armpits.

  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate Cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months.

  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition.

Things to avoid


Bed sharing increases the chance of SIDS and is particularly dangerous if:

  • Either you or your partner smokes (even if you do not smoke in the bedroom)

  • Either you or your partner has drunk alcohol or taken drugs (including medications that may make you drowsy)

  • You are extremely tired

  • Your baby was born premature (37 weeks or less)

  • Your baby was born at a low weight (2.5kg or 5½ lbs or less)

  • You should never sleep together with your baby if any of the above points apply to you.

  • You must be especially careful when giving feeds that you are not in a position where you could both fall asleep in the bed together. 

Parents may still choose to bed-share with their baby. If this is your choice, it is important that you are informed about how to minimise the risks

  • Ensure there are no pillows, sheets, blankets or any other items in the bed with you that could obstruct your baby’s breathing or cause them to overheat.


A high proportion of infants who die as a result of SIDS are found with their head covered by loose bedding.

  • If you or your partner smokes while you’re pregnant or after your baby is born, the risk of SIDS is greatly increased.

  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot. The chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot. Try to keep the room temperature between 16 -20°C.

  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding, cot bumpers, teddies or extra blankets.

If you have any questions about SIDS or safer sleep, please call our information line on 0808 802 6869 (lines open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm)

[CHC 2.3.2019 ]The Lapland Trust The Lullaby Trust: Evidence Base Last updated: June 2016

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