Safer sleep for babies: quick reference card

New Scottish Government and NHS Safer Sleep for Babies resources developed in partnership with the Lullaby Trust, UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative and BASIS the Baby Sleep Information Source based at Durham University.

Safer Sleep for babies quick reference card

To reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), always follow safer sleep for your baby:

  • Put them on their back for every sleep
  • In a clear, flat sleep space
  • Keep them smoke-free day and night

Some parents choose to share a bed with their baby.

Be aware – you should not share a bed with your baby if:

  • you have recently drunk any alcohol
  • you or your partner smoke
  • you have taken any drugs that make you feel sleepy or less aware
  • your baby was born prematurely or very small

Sofas and armchairs are always dangerous places to fall asleep with your baby – move somewhere safer if you might fall asleep.

Things to remember if bedsharing

  • Keep pets away from the bed and do not have other children sharing the bed
  • Try to make sure or check that baby cannot be trapped, wedged or fall out of bed or get trapped between the mattress and the wall
  • Follow the tips if you think you might fall asleep with your baby in the bed
  • Keep pillows and adult bedding away from baby



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