Safe sleeping advice 

Cot death is the unexplained sudden death of a baby in the first year. The following advice is designed to reduce the chance of cot death:

  • Use only natural fibre blankets in the baby’s bed, cotton or wool.
  • Do not use cot bumpers.
  • Do not let your baby sleep in a room where people are smoking.
  • Make sure your baby is not too warm, it is better to use an extra blanket in a colder room than to have the room too hot.
  • Use a mattress that fits the baby bed well and is at least 8cm thick.
  • Make sure there is no space between the mattress and the edge of the bed.
  • Lay the baby on the right and left side alternately, but do not use a roll (or support cushion of any kind) against the baby’s back.
  • If the baby is not nauseous and does not bring up milk regularly, then you can lay the baby on it’s back from birth. Make sure the baby’s head is laid alternately left and right.
  • From 2 weeks old it is advised to lay your baby on it’s back, make sure that the baby’s head is laid alternately left and right.
  • Do not lay the baby on it’s belly.
  • Do not put the baby in bed with the parents. 

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