Babies need a lot of sleep during the first few months of their lives, so it is important to ensure that they are sleeping as safely as possible. Maternity nurses have a wealth of knowledge, so below are some tips for safer sleep.
Tip 1. Always place your baby on their backs to sleep, not on their front or side (unless a doctor has advised you for medical reasons).
Sleeping a baby on their front or side increases the chance of SIDS(Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
If your baby has rolled onto their tummy, you should turn them onto their back again.
Once your baby can roll from back to front to back again on their own, they can be left to find their own position.
Tip 2. Both you and your partner should try not to smoke during pregnancy and after birth as smoking during pregnancy and after your baby is born increases the risk of SIDS.
You should keep your baby out of smoky areas. Do not let people smoke near your baby and keep your home, car and anywhere else your baby spends time, smoke free.
Tip 3. Breastfed babies have a lower chance of SIDS. Even if it’s only some of the time it may reduce the chance of SIDS, but exclusive breastfeeding lowers the chance most.
Tip 4. Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months, even during the day for naptime.
Tip 5. Use a firm flat, waterproof mattress in good condition for all of babies sleep.
Look out for more tips and help provided by our team of Maternity Nurses.