ENSURING YOUR BABY SLEEPS SAFE AND WELL
When you put your baby to bed , you will obviously want him or her to be safe and comfortable . To allay your own fears , there are some general precautions that you can take to help your baby to sleep safe and well; these precautions are also recommended in order to reduce the lkelihood of cot death .
. Put your baby on his or her back or side to sleep, not on the front . When your baby is big enough to need a cot ( around three months ) , make sure you lay him or her in it correctly ( see below ).
. Make sure your baby’s room is warm , ideally 17-20.C ( 62-68.F) and well ventilated .
. Ensure that your baby does not overheat, keep the bedclothes light , and remove layers as needed .
. Never allow anyone to smoke near your baby
. If you feel happier, let your baby sleep in your room for the first six months .
. Make sure that your baby’s matters is firm and also that it is clean and well aired , so that your baby is not breathing in dust .
. Breastfeed if you can; it has been suggested that this may reduce the risk of cot death .
LAYING YOUR BABY DOWN
Ensure that your baby’s feet touch the end of the cot so that he or she can’t wriggle under the bedclothes use blankets and sheets so that you can add or remove layers .