During the first six months, the safest place for your baby to sleep is in their own cot or crib, in your bedroom with you.
The Feet to Foot Position
The recommended sleeping position is to put the baby on their back to sleep, in the Feet to Foot position, where their feet are at the bottom of the cot ensuring they can’t slip down under the covers.
- Make sure the blankets come no further than the baby’s chest. They should be tucked loosely but securely to make sure they cannot slip over the baby’s head
- Check your baby regularly to ensure their head stays uncovered
- Use a clean firm mattress that fits the cot correctly so your baby can’t get trapped in the gap between the mattress and the edge of the cot
- Ideal room temperature is 16-18 °C, /60-65 degrees Fahrenheit
- Pillows and Duvets are not recommended
- It is advisable to keep the cot empty from toys, stuffed animals or cot bumper pads
- Avoid anything that could inadvertently interfere with your baby’s airway