Sleep is such an important part of life and as parents, we spend a lot of time finding ways to help our babies sleep for longer than half an hour, especially during those early days.
As part of Safe Sleep Week, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) have written a blog which contains valuable guidance to keep your baby safe.
Whilst the number of fatal incidences of sudden infant deaths has reduced during the last twenty years, it is important to continue to follow safe sleeping advice.
- Always place your baby on his/her back in a clear cot in the same room as you for the first six months of life
- Don’t smoke in pregnancy and don’t let anyone smoke around your baby
- Don’t share a bed with your baby if you are extremely tired, your baby was born prematurely or low birth weight, have been drinking alcohol or have taken drugs.
- Never sleep in a chair or sofa with a baby.
- Don’t use cot bumpers as these can become dislodged and suffocate a baby.
- Mattresses should be firm, flat and in good condition and covered with a waterproof cover.
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot. Order a room thermometer, you can find these at lullaby.org.uk
- Don’t cover your baby’s head whilst sleeping or use loose bedding.
- Feet to foot and clear cot (no toys, cushions or decorations)
- Breastfeed your baby.
For further information please see www.lullaby.org.uk or speak to your health visitor.
NHS choices has information to support you in getting your baby to sleep http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/getting-baby-to-sleep.aspx
About The Lullaby Trust The Lullaby Trust promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and provides specialist support for bereaved families.
Working with the NHS, the Lullaby Trust runs a national health visitor led service for bereaved parents, Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, which supports families before and after the birth of their new baby.
The Lullaby Trust are committed to support research projects to understand much more about what causes these tragic deaths, and how they can be prevented. Advice including factsheets and the latest research can be found at www.lullabytrust.org.uk