Safe Sleep for Babies

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. Sadly, around four babies a week still die from SIDS.

Read our guidance for parent, carers and practitioners Safe Sleep for Babies on the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Childrens Partnership (RBSCP) website.

What parents and carers can do
  • Keep baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Always place baby on their back to sleep
  • The safest place for a baby to sleep is in their own sleep space. Place baby to sleep in a separate cot or moses basket in the same room as baby’s carer for the first six months
  • Use a firm, flat waterproof mattress in good condition
  • Breastfeed baby, if possible
Things to avoid
  • Never leave a baby to sleep on a sofa or in an armchair (with or without another person)
  • Avoid letting baby get too hot. (The ideal room temperature for a baby is between 16-20 degrees centigrade)
  • Avoid risk of baby’s face or head becoming covered while sleeping; do not use loose bedding
  • Avoid pillows, cushions or beanbags
  • Avoid placing cuddly toys in cot/moses basket
  • Avoid sleeping in a car seat

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Page last reviewed: 02/08/2023