This week is Safer Sleeping Week.
Sadly each week 4 babies die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome- it is essential that anyone who takes care of babies knows how they can prevent this from happening, below you can find things you can do to help and things you should avoid:
Things you can do…
-Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
-Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.
-Breastfeed your baby.
-Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months.
-Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition.
Things to avoid…
-Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby.
-Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, have drunk alcohol, have taken drugs or medication or are extremely tired, or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight.
-Avoid letting your baby get too hot.
-Don’t cover your baby’s face or head whilst sleeping or use loose bedding.
-To avoid accidents remove all pillows, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot.
To find out more you can visit http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk