15-21st March 2021 marks The Lullaby Trust's annual Safer Sleep Awareness week. Safer sleep advice gives simple steps on how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), commonly known as cot death.
We asked Sam Saunders aka The Baby Guru for her professional advice on how to ensure your baby is sleeping as safely as possible.
Sam's Advice on Safe Sleep for Babies:
- Have your baby in the same room as you until 6 months both day and night.
- Dress them in a well fitting sleeping bag, with the appropriate tog rating for the time of year.
- Put them to sleep on their back with their feet at the end of the cot.
- Use a firm, flat mattress with a waterproof cover.
- Bedroom temperature of between 16-20 degrees.
- Keep their cot clear of toys, bumpers and loose bedding.
- Use thin materials
- Check the baby's temperature to ensure they do not get too hot.
- Do not swaddle above the shoulders
- Never put a swaddled baby to sleep on their front.
- Do not swaddle too tight.
Sam can help you and your little one with sleep, routine, feeding & weaning.