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A Guide to Safe Sleep for Your Newborn

April 16, 2023

Congratulations on your newborn baby! As a parent or career, one of your top priorities is ensuring your baby’s safety, especially during sleep time. Here is a guide to safe sleep for your newborn.

Place your baby on their back to sleep

This is the safest position for babies to sleep and reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Your baby should always be placed on their back to sleep, both for daytime naps and nighttime sleep.

Use a firm and flat sleep surface

Your baby should sleep on a firm, flat mattress that fits snugly in their crib or bassinet. Avoid using soft surfaces, such as pillows, waterbeds, couches, or armchairs, as they can increase the risk of suffocation or SIDS.

Keep the sleeping area clutter-free 

Remove any soft objects, toys, or loose bedding from the sleep area to prevent suffocation. You can swaddle your baby or use a from-birth sleeping bag to keep them warm.

Breastfeed, if possible

Breastfeeding has been linked to a lower risk of SIDS. The NHS recommends breastfeeding your baby exclusively for the first six months and continuing to breastfeed while introducing solid foods.

Avoid overheating your baby

Dress your baby in lightweight clothing and keep the room at a comfortable temperature between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit (20-22 degrees Celsius). Your baby should not feel hot to the touch or sweaty.

Don’t smoke around your baby

Smoking around your baby or exposing them to secondhand smoke increases the risk of SIDS.

Remember, safe sleep practices are essential for your baby’s health and well-being. If you have any concerns or questions, speak to your health visitor or GP. 

If you found this article on Safe Sleep for a Newborn helpful, why not check out our blogs on newborns here.

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