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Safe sleeping positions
- Sleeping babies on their backs cuts the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) including SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.
- Babies who sleep on their tummies are at greater risk of SUDI.
- Sleeping on the side is a SUDI risk. It’s OK for older babies to roll, but put your baby to sleep on his back.
Safe sleeping environment
More ways to reduce SUDI risk
- If you can, breastfeed your baby or feed your baby with expressed breastmilk for the first six months. Breastfeeding reduces SUDI risk by more than half.
- Overheating is a SUDI risk. Don’t overdress baby or put baby to bed in a hat or hood. Dress baby as you would dress yourself. Baby should be warm but not hot.
- There’s a strong link between SUDI and parents who smoke. If you’re finding it hard to quit smoking, call Quitline on 137 848 for help.
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