Tips for Safe Sleeping
Since it’s inception in the early 1990’s, the SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping campaign has reduced the incidence of SIDS by 85% saving over 6000 babies lives. Vigilance is still required in delivering our Safe Sleeping message to the broad community as sadly the cause of sudden infant death syndrome remains unknown with more research into the cause still needed.
How to Sleep your Baby Safely
- Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
- Sleep baby with face uncovered (no doonas, pillows, lambs wool, bumpers or soft toys)
- Avoid exposing babies to tobacco smoke before birth and after
- Provide a safe sleeping environment (safe cot, safe mattress, safe bedding)
- Put baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot
- Tuck in bedclothes securely so bedding is not loose
- Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping environment next to the parent's bed for the first six to twelve months of life
- Remove all toys, pillows and cushions from the cot/bassinet before putting baby to sleep
- Quilts, doonas, duvets, and bumpers are not recommended for babies under 12 months of age
Please visit www.sidsandkids.org for more information.