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Lullaby Trust Safe Sleep Guide

Lullaby Trust Safe Sleep Guide

The early years of your child’s life is a special time to be enjoyed. So here at Snoozebag.co.uk we share the Lullaby Trust’s goal of giving you peace of mind for all sleep periods, not just at night.

Don’t let a fear of SIDS keep you from enjoying this time with your baby. It is rare and there are guidelines that you can follow to build safe sleeping habits.

  1. Always place your baby on their back to sleep as part of their regular routine. The chance of SIDS is higher for babies who sleep on their front or side.
  2. But what if they roll onto their front? The first few times they roll onto their tummy, gently turn them back. Don’t feel that you must stay up all night to check. Encourage supervised ‘tummy time’ while they are awake; this will help along their development by strengthening the muscles that they need for rolling. Your baby will find their own sleeping position once they can move from front to back by themselves.
  3. The Lullaby Trust recommends that babies are slept in a clear space but acknowledges that co-sleeping is a personal choice that some parents choose to adopt. If you do choose to co-sleep, avoid letting pets or other children on the bed and be wary of any pillows or sheets that could obstruct your baby’s breathing.
  4. Enjoy the precious moments, sitting in an armchair, holding your baby close for a cuddle or a feed. However, if you do feel at risk of falling asleep, return your baby to their cot.
  5. For the first six months, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in the same room as you, in their own cot or moses basket. This way, you can best judge the temperature that they are sleeping at. The Lullaby Trust recommends an ideal temperature of between 16 to 20⁰C. Whilst this is only intended as a guide, a room thermometer can give reassurance. Putting your hand on your baby’s tummy, or the back of their neck, is an easy way to check their temperature. If the skin feels hot or slightly clammy, your baby is too warm, and you will need to remove some layers.
  6. Don’t be confused by a wide range of products and gizmos, the best advice is the simplest: A clear cot is a safe cot. Babies are at higher risk of SIDS if their head is covered, so clear their cot of toys and loose bedding. Whilst a soft pillow or quilted mattress may seem more comfortable, raised surfaces can make it difficult for babies to breathe or cool down.

You don’t need to worry about spending a fortune on expensive items. Safe sleeping can be affordable.

Here’s just a few essentials you will need:

  • Cot or Moses basket
  • A portable sleep space, moses basket, travel cot or carry cot
  • Mattress
  • Room thermometer
  • Car seat
  • Snoozebag Baby Sleeping bag

A firm flat mattress, protected by a waterproof cover, and some safety assured bedding, like our Snoozebag Baby Sleeping Bags, is a simple way to guarantee a safe sleep.

Ranging from 2.5 tog for cold winter temperatures, to 0.5 tog for the summer months, the Snoozebag baby sleepsack provides a comfortable sleeping environment, not too hot, not too cold. Remember to choose the lowest appropriate tog for your room temperature – the baby’s clothing can always be adjusted.

Over 95% of parents now use baby sleeping bags as part of their child’s bedtime routine. Our Snoozebags have been designed to remove the risk factor of loose bedding, as well as ensuring that your baby’s sleep is not disturbed by sudden temperature changes caused by kicked-off blankets.

A cosy, safe sleeping environment for your child gives you peace of mind, meaning a better night’s sleep for all.

Visit LullabyTrust.org.uk for more information on safe sleeping.