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Safer Sleep Week 2017

posted 13 Mar 2017, 00:45 by Simon Bush

The Lullaby Trust is urging local authorities and health trusts in Yorkshire and the Humber to focus their efforts on bringing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates down. The call to action comes as part of Safer Sleep Week, the charity’s national campaign to raise awareness of SIDS (often referred to as cot death) and the lifesaving advice that parents can follow to reduce the risk of it occurring. 

The ABCs are: ALWAYS sleep your baby on their BACK in a CLEAR cot or sleep space (free of bumpers, toys and pillows).

Key Messages:



ü  Always place your baby on their back to sleep


ü  Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth


ü  If you chose to use a dummy make sure it is part of your baby’s regular sleep routine


ü  Breastfeed your baby


ü  Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition



Ó  Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby


Ó  Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight


Ó  Avoid letting your baby get too hot


Ó  Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding


Ó  Remove all pillows, soft bedding, cot bumpers and soft toys from the cot

More information is available via their website: