One of the main concerns of every new parent is around sleep. Is the baby getting enough? Are they getting too much? When will I finally get some!

There are many ways that you can ensure that your new baby gets the safest sleep possible. The organisation The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death. There are some quick tips below from The Lullaby Trust for safer sleeping:

QUICK TIPS FOR SAFER SLEEP BY LULLABY TRUST

We are still struggling to understand the mechanisms that cause unexplained deaths in infancy, therefore it is not possible for any manufacturer to say that a particular product will prevent SIDS.It is possible, however, to significantly lower the chances of it happening by following this safer sleep guidance. This advice is based on strong scientific evidence where, unlike many products, safety has been proven. You should try to follow the advice for all sleep periods where possible, not just at night.


THINGS YOU CAN DO:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition

THINGS TO AVOID:

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

To avoid accidents remove all pillows, soft bedding, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot.

For more information and guidance on safer sleep, please visit The Lullaby Trust website:

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk