RBWM Safeguarding Partnership

Lift the baby for safer sleeping

Lift the baby for safer sleep

Being a new dad is an amazing experience

But it’s also exhausting. It’s something no-one can prepare you for. And at the end of a long day, there’s nothing more satisfying than to collapse on the sofa. 

And that’s where we need to stop you! More than 130 babies die in the UK every year as a result of unsafe sleeping. 

Lift the baby for safer sleep

NEVER sleep on a sofa or armchair with the baby

As comforting as it may feel. It can increase the risk of infant death by 50 times. Always lift the baby into a safe place while you sleep.

Lift the baby and move somewhere safer if you might fall asleep.

NEVER sleep in the same bed as the 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

In these scenarios, it is always best to put baby in their own safe sleep space such as a cot or a Moses basket. Keeping the cot or Moses basket next to the bed might make it easier to do this.

Lift the baby for safer sleep

Lift the baby for safer sleep

Give your baby a clear, safe sleep space, in the same room as you 

For most babies a clear sleep space will mean a cot or a Moses basket. Whatever space you choose, it needs to be:
  • A firm flat mattress with no raised or cushioned areas
  • No pillows, quilts or duvets, bumpers
  • No pods, nests or sleep positioners
  • Make sure the baby’s head is kept uncovered so they don’t get too hot

Always place the baby on their back for sleep

Put the baby down on their back, not their front or their side, for every sleep
  • No special equipment or products are needed to keep them on their back
  • Once they start to roll from front to back by themselves, you can leave them to find their own position for sleep
  • Tummy time while awake can help to strengthen the muscles they need for rolling
Lift the baby for safer sleep
Lift the baby for safer sleep

However, some parents choose to share a bed with their baby

Tips for safer bed sharing:
  • Keep pets away from the bed and do not have other children sharing the bed
  • Keep pillows and adult bedding away from the baby
  • Make sure the baby won’t fall out of bed or get trapped between the mattress and the wall

FIND OUT MORE

Find out more about safer sleeping for babies here

You can read a leaflet on safer sleeping in another language here

This advice has been produced with the kind support of The Lullaby Trust

You can also follow this campaign via the hashtag #LiftTheBaby

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NHS East Berkshire CCG
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NHS Berkshire West CCG
Email: communications@royalberkshire.nhs.uk
Tel: 07771 660914

Lift the baby for safer sleep