Sleeping Safely

We talk a lot about sleep here. How, Where, When….but let’s talk about sleeping safely. Safe sleeping is so important, and something ALL parents should be aware of to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

Current guidelines for Safe Sleeping taken from @nhsuk and @lullabytrustuk:

  • place your baby on their back to sleep, in a cot in the same room as you, for the first 6 months

  • keep your baby's head uncovered – their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders

  • The safest mattress for your baby if firm and flat

  • place your baby in the "feet to foot" position, with their feet at the end of the cot or moses basket

  • Keep their sleep space free and clear of clutter

  • do not let your baby get too hot or cold

  • do not share a bed with your baby

  • If you do share a bed with baby read the lullaby trusts page on safer co-sleeping (

  • never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair

  • do not smoke during pregnancy or breastfeeding, and do not let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby

Safe sleep advice goes for naps AND bedtime. For more information visit or

Don’t forget to check out my guide…it’s got some great hints and tips AND it’s absolutely FREE:

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