Promoting Safe Sleep
Unfortunately, SIDS and Sleep Accidents still cause unexpected infant deaths across Australia. Here are some safe sleeping tips to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) and promote positive sleep for babies.
Top Safe Sleeping Tips
Put babies to sleep on their back. A flat, firm mattress that fits snugly in the cot is best! The baby’s feet should face the bottom of the cot and their body must be tucked in well. Cots should stay in your room for 6-12 months.
Keep in mind, doonas, quilts, pillows and soft toys must be avoided as they can cover your baby’s head while they sleep.
Breast feeding is shown to reduce the risk of SUDI by more than half. If you can, choose to breastfeed your baby.
Another safe sleeping tip is being mindful of your child’s clothing. Do not over dress your baby as overheating is a major risk for SID. Also, do not put your baby to bed wearing a hat or hood.
Wrapping or swaddling your baby is a great way to promote safe sleep. You can find a guide to safe wrapping and swaddling here.
Finally, there is also a link between SUDI and carers who smoke. To learn to quit, you can access Quitline on 13 78 48 or chat to them online.
For the most up-to-date information, join Meerilinga this weekend at our Red Nose Safe Sleeping event. Find out more about what the session will cover here.