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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or cot death, is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, it can still happen day or night and there are steps parents and carers can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.

Things you can do:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby, if you can
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition

Things to avoid:

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink, take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low-birth weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

For further advice and guidance on safer sleeping for your baby:

Visit the Lullaby Trust

See the Solent NHS leaflet for parents


Baby Slings

If you use a baby sling it important you ensure your baby is in the correct sleeping position:

See the PSCB baby slings leaflet for further information.

Contact your Health Visitor if you have any concerns about Safe Sleeping and using a baby sling: 02392 684545