Safe sleeping: always put babies on their backs to sleep
Always put your baby on their back to sleep. This reduces the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI) including SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.
Don’t put your baby on their tummy to sleep. Babies who sleep on their tummies are at greater risk of SUDI.
Don’t put your baby on their side to sleep. Babies who sleep on their sides are at greater risk of SUDI.
Safe sleeping environment
Use a cot or a portable cot that meets Australian safety standards. Use a flat, firm and well-fitting mattress. Put your baby with their feet at the bottom of the cot and tuck in the sheets firmly around baby’s chest. Have the cot in your room for the first 6-12 months.
Don’t use quilts, doonas, lamb’s wool, pillows, soft toys, bumpers or anything that could cover your baby’s head. Don’t let your baby sleep on a couch or armchair.
Reducing SUDI risk: breastfeed, avoid overheating, don’t smoke
If you can, breastfeed your baby or feed your baby with expressed breastmilk for the first 6-12 months. Breastfeeding reduces SUDI risk by a lot.
Don’t overdress your baby. Keep your baby’s face and head uncovered. Overheating is a SUDI risk.
Don’t smoke during pregnancy or around your baby. Smoke significantly increases SUDI risk. If it’s hard to quit smoking, call Quitline on 137 848.
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