Many parents spend the time before their baby arrives preparing their home environment. Thinking about safe sleeping is really important as part of this preparation.
The Lullaby Trust provide key safety information for you to consider in this preparation time. Watch this video from them about safer sleep for babies:
Some parents find the challenge of tiredness huge, and for some falling asleep with their baby is a real possibility. The Lullaby trust also provides key information which covers the topic of co sleeping and if there is a possibility this might happen (through choice or by chance) how to undertake this as safely as possible.
Co-sleeping Key messages
Do not co-sleep with your baby if:
- You or your partner smoke (even if not in bedroom)
- You or your partner have had alcohol or are on any medication
- You are extremely tired
- Your baby was born prematurely (37 weeks or below)
- Your baby was born weighing less than 2.5kg or 5 1/2lbs
There is an increased risk if you are on a sofa or armchair, as this increases the risk of SIDS by 50 times.
Babies should sleep in a clear sleep space, which is easy to create in a cot or Moses basket.
When choosing to co-sleep
- Keep pillows, sheets, blankets away from your baby or any other items that could obstruct your baby’s breathing or cause them to overheat
- Follow all of the Lullaby Trust safer sleep advice to reduce the risk of SIDS such as sleeping baby on their back
- Avoid letting pets or other children in the bed
- Make sure baby won’t fall out of bed or get trapped between the mattress and the wall
This video from the Lullaby Trust gives advice on how to make co-sleeping safer
Further help and support
We have a duty health visitor working from our public health nursing hub Monday to Friday 9 – 4.30. Please do contact them if you have any additional questions.
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