290 babies die unexpectedly before their first birthday every year.
No-one wants to think that the worst will happen to their baby but it's important that parents and carers know the risks and what they can do about them.
Do you know your six steps?
Safer Sleep for Baby focuses on six easy to follow steps which you can follow any time you put your baby down to sleep.
- Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth.
- Put baby in a cot, crib or moses basket to sleep - never fall asleep with them
on a sofa or chair.
- Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.
- Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.
- Keep baby's head and face uncovered and make sure they don't get too hot.
- Breastfeed your baby - support is available if you need it.
See our booklet for more advice, including:
- Benefits of breastfeeding
- Bed sharing
- Giving up smoking
- What should my baby wear to sleep in?
Getting the right information from professionals will help you keep your baby safe.
If you need to talk anything through, you can speak to your:
- Health visitor
- Local Children's Centre
- or you can call the Lullaby Trust.
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