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Sleeping Positions

author:Sara Borghi

New babies can sleep for an average of 16 hours a day in the first few months, so it?s important that the baby?s sleeping area is safe and comforting. Safe sleeping positions can also help reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS or SUDI), the causes of which are still largely unknown. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to help reduce the risk to your baby.


Preparing Baby?s Sleeping Area


When setting up the cot, use bedding that can be tucked in tight, so that it cannot come loose and potentially cover your baby?s face. Always use a firm, well-fitting mattress and place bub as low down the mattress as possible, so that their feet are at the end of the cot, and bedding likewise. This way, there is little chance they will wriggle down in their sleep and get covered by bedding. Cot bumpers, pillows and soft toys should not be placed in the cot.


Ideal Sleeping Positions for Babies


When you put your baby down to sleep, the best position is always on their back. This reduces the chance of them rolling onto their tummy while sleeping. Avoid lying them down on their side or tummy, and make sure the cot is completely free of any objects around their head.


If you are putting your baby down to sleep somewhere other than a cot, there are some simple safety guidelines you can follow to ensure they sleep safe and sound.


  • Check the area first for anything that might prove dangerous.
  • Remove any items such as pillows and loose bedding that may cover their heads.


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