The Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week
The 9th – 15th March 2020
We spoke to MAM Expert Midwife & Health Visitor Katie Hilton and asked her for her top 10 tips for safer sleeping.
- Always put your baby on their back for a sleep, both day and night.
- The safest place for your baby to sleep is in their own sleeping environment in your bedroom for the first 6 months.
- Try to keep the room temperature between 16-20°C.
- The safest mattresses for your baby are firm, flat and protected with a waterproof cover
- Settle your baby to sleep with a soother/dummy to reduce the risk of SIDS
- It is safest to keep your baby’s cot clear of any bumpers, toys and loose bedding
- Keep your baby awake from smoke in your home, car and when out & about
- Avoid bed-sharing if you or anyone in the bed has been drinking alcohol, smokes, have taken drugs that make you feel sleepy or if your baby was born before 37 weeks or weighing less than 2.5kg
- Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair
- Exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of your baby’s life
Safer sleep for babies, Support for families
The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families
If you have any questions about safe sleep or if you’d like to learn more about the Lullaby Trust and safer sleep then please click here.