Are you pregnant or do you have a newborn? SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is an unexplained death of a healthy baby (usually while sleeping) under 1 year old and also known as crib death. Here are some safe sleeping guidelines that can help reduce the risk of SIDS.
1. Always sleep your baby on their back.
Sleeping baby on their side or tummy can increase the risk of SIDS.
2. Keep your baby’s head and face uncovered.
This includes having your baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot and having the blanket firmly tucked in down the sides or alternatively using a safe sleeping bag or swaddle.
3. Keep baby smoke free before & after birth.
Smoking during pregnancy and around your baby after birth can increase the risk of SIDS. Please see your GP if you need help to quit smoking.
4. Make sure your baby’s sleep environment is safe.
This includes having a safe cot, mattress and bedding. Avoid bulky bedding such as doonas, pillows, soft toys, cot bumpers and lambs wool.
5. Sleep baby in a safe cot in the parent’s room.
Sleeping baby in the parent’s bedroom for the first year can help reduce the risk of SIDS.
6. Breastfeed your baby if possible.
We understand that breastfeeding is not always achievable however if you can breastfeed, it can help reduce the risk of SIDS.
Here at CQ Sweet Dreams I will always follow safe sleeping guidelines when working with clients. If you would like more information on how to be SIDS safe please visit www.rednose.com.au