Safe sleeping for babies

​​​​​​​​​​​​Babies spend a huge amount of time sleeping, so having a safe sleeping place is important.

To make sure your baby is sleeping safely, place them on their back in the cot and remove any loose quilts, toys, bumpers and blankets.

Ensure your baby’s head and face are uncovered.

Babies who sleep on their tummies or sides are more at risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as they are more likely to choke or suffocate. This is why tummy play is only encouraged during the day when your baby is supervised.

Place their feet at the end of the cot and remove anything that might cover their head (hats, hoods, etc.) The mattress should be clean and completely flat for maximum comfort.

Make sure there are no cords from blinds or curtains in reach, and that all heaters and electric appliances are kept well away.

SIDS is more likely to happen if the parents are smokers, so visit Red Nose to find out how to manage this in your family.