Becoming a new parent is a very special time and can be quite a daunting experience, especially when you are responsible for keeping your baby safe.
The Lullaby Trust provide some top tips in their safer sleep video
You can download this useful Safer Sleep guide from The Lullerby Trust
Please talk to your midwife if you have any questions or concerns about safer sleeping.
Babies should be kept out of smoky environments including the home and the car.
See our smoke free pregnancy web page for help to stop smoking.
Whether you choose to put baby in a cot or Moses basket, or in bed next to you, it's vital that you follow safer sleep advice to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Some babies are vulnerable due to specific factors and therefore it is not recommended to bed share or co-sleep if:
Because every night is different, parents should think about their baby’s bed-sharing safety every time.
If you do choose to co-sleep, watch this video from the Lullaby trust which shows how you can do so safely
Carriers and slings allow parents to keep their babies close as part of the bonding process. They provide comfort and support for the baby as well as freeing up your hands to get on with everyday tasks.
The safest method of baby wearing is when the baby is solid against your body, in an upright position.
Ensure baby’s airway does not become blocked and follow the ‘T.I.C.K.S’ universal guidance for baby wearing:
Babies will often fall to sleep in a car seat, however for pre-term and young babies it’s recommended that you avoid travelling in cars for long distances.
Research into the link between car seats and SIDS found young babies may be at risk of breathing difficulties if they travel while sitting in an upright position for too long.
Visit the Lullaby Trust for further information on safer sleeping.