The good news is that SIDS happens very rarely and this is partly due to the on going research and educational programmes that have done such a great job in identifying the causes of SIDS and in getting practical advice out to new parents.
Experts believe that following these simple steps can help reduce the likelihood of SIDS:
- Place your baby on their back
The safest sleeping position for your baby is on their back, with their feet at the foot of the crib, cot, Moses basket or pram. Doing this will make sure that their airways are open.
- Only let them sleep on firm surfaces
Make sure the mattress is firm and the only bedding required is a fitted sheet. There have also been recommendations to purchase a waterproof mattress cover and waterproof sheet to ensure it is always dry and clean.
- Keep the cot free from loose items
Babies have a tendency to wriggle around in their sleep, so removing any loose items – like bedding, pillows, toys and comfort blankets – will make sure they can breathe freely at all times.
- Use a baby sleeping bag
Loose blankets are not recommended for babies and toddlers due to the increased risk of overheating and accidental suffocation. Baby sleeping bags are the safest way for babies to sleep. Our Slumbersac sleeping bags come in 4 different tog ratings to accommodate all room temperatures; they help your child regulate their body temperature throughout the night.
- Have a thermometer in your baby’s room
It is important to keep your baby’s room at a comfortable temperature (64F is ideal), as this will stop them from overheating while they sleep.
- Avoid bed sharing
It is best to avoid sleeping with your baby in your bed, particularly if you are very tired or have been drinking alcohol as the risk of suffocation greatly increases.
Here at Slumbersac, our sleeping bags for babies and toddlers are an ideal choice for parents who, like me, want to keep their little ones safe while they sleep. Contact us today to find out more or visit our Sleep safety page for more information.