Safer sleep for babies and young children over the festive season

During the festive season, many families with babies may visit friends and family. Routines may be altered and babies may end up sleeping in different environments. It can seem challenging to follow safer sleep advice when you’re very tired or have a change to your routine, and it may be tempting to do something different.

Following safer sleep advice for every sleep is key to reducing the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).Safe Sleep poster

It’s essential to remember that the safest place for your baby to sleep is in their cot, crib or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months. Never fall asleep with baby on a sofa or chair, or leave them alone in your bed; this can increase the risk of death by 50%.

If you’re on a sofa or armchair, you should move somewhere safer if you might fall asleep.

Put your baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot. Keep their head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot. You should do this for every sleep, including daytime naps, not just during the night.

Never fall asleep with baby after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, including medications that may make you drowsy.

Keep baby aware from smoke, if either of you do smoke, never share a bed with your baby.

To find out more about Safer Sleep, https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

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