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- Sleep baby on their back from birth, not on their side or tummy. The surface needs to be firm and flat. Ensure that the cot meets the safety standards and that the mattress fits the cot frame. Do not elevate the cot.
- Sleep baby with head and face uncovered. Remove any hats or hooded garments when baby is going to sleep
- Ensure their feet are at the bottom of the mattress. Ensure that bedding is tucked in and that there are no duvets, pillows, lambswool, bumpers, toys or loose bedding in the cot.
- Keep baby smoke free before birth and after. Smoking around a baby does increase the risk of SIDS. Don’t share a bed with baby if you have been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs or you are a smoker.
- Do not use a swaddle if the baby is rolling from tummy to back and back to tummy. Baby can be transitioned in to a sleeping bag, with armholes and secure neck opening. Once baby is old enough to roll over, there is no need to worry if they turn onto their side or tummy, while in their cot.
- Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months
- Breastfeed baby
- Don’t let your baby get too hot or too cold. Never use electric blankets.
- Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair
- The risks of co sleeping are increased if your baby was premature (born before 37 weeks) or had a low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 5.5lb)
- If you choose to cosleep (share a bed with baby) keep baby away from the pillows. Make sure baby cannot fall out of bed or get trapped between the mattress and wall and don’t leave baby alone in the bed.
Ensure baby has lots of tummy time in the day when an adult is supervising them. This will help them develop rolling skills and enable them to find their preferred position in the cot, once old enough.