With approximately 300 babies sadly dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome each year in the UK, safe sleep for baby is often top of the list of worries for new parents.
As part of a campaign to reduce the number of infant deaths the five Merseyside Local Safeguarding Children Boards (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) are working to reduce the number of these deaths across Merseyside.
Here are their six steps to safer sleep for your baby:
- Put baby in a cot, crib or moses basket to sleep – never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair
- Baby should sleep on his or her back with their feet to the bottom of the cot
- Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hotto
- Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs or medication
- Protect your baby from smoke – preferably before and after birth. If you or anyone in the family smokes, make sure they do it outside, well away from baby. Help and advice is available to quit smoking for good
- Breastfeeding is best for baby – support is available to help you
For more help and advice on caring for baby visit the Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board’s website.