Your baby will spend a lot of their time sleeping. Knowing how and why to sleep your baby safely is so important.
Place your baby on their BACK for every sleep from birth, on a firm, flat and well fitted mattress. Sleeping your baby on their side or tummy greatly increases the risk of SIDS or sleeping accidents. A chin to chest position should always be avoided, as it can bend and constrict your baby’s airway and make it hard for them to breathe.
Ensure your baby’s AIRWAYS are always clear. No padded bedding, loose blankets, loose sheets, sheepskin underlay or doonas, accessories such as pillows, bumpers, sleep nests or positioners, beanies, hooded clothing or soft toys. ALWAYS sleep your baby with their head and face uncovered.
Sleep your baby in a cot that complies with the mandatory safety standard based on the Australian Standard for household cots AS/NZS 2172. Research evidence concludes that it is safest to position the baby’s cot in the parent’s room for the first 6 to 12 months. Sofas, armchairs, beanbags, sleep nests or positioners, slings and cushions are not safe places for your baby to sleep. Car capsules should only be used when travelling in a car, not as a sleeping place.
KEEP your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth.