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Safer Sleep for Babies

Six Steps to Safer Sleep

Safer Sleep for baby focuses on six easy to follow steps which you can follow any time you put your baby down to sleep.

Step 1

Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth. If either you or your partner smokes, never share a bed with your baby

Step 2

Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep. Never fall asleep with baby on a sofa or chair; this can increase the risk of death by 50%.

Step 3

Never fall asleep with baby after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, including medications that may make you drowsy.

Step 4

Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.

Step 5

Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot. The room they sleep in should be between 16-20 degrees Celsius.

Step 6

Breastfeed your baby. Support is available if you need it.


The Lullaby Trust provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies.


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