Multi-Agency Key Safe Sleep Points

Multi-agency professionals have agreed the following key safe sleep points:

  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in their own cot or moses basket.
  • Always place baby on their back to sleep with feet to foot of cot.
  • Do not place pillows, cot bumpers and soft toys in the cot.
  • Do not cover the baby’s face or head or use loose bedding.
  • Use a firm, flat waterproof mattress in good condition.
  • Do not use ‘sleep positioners’ including wedges, supports or straps that prevent the baby moving.
  • Baby should sleep in their own cot in same room as parents for the first 6 months of life (day and night).
  • Avoid allowing your baby to become too hot. A room temperature of 16-20C with light bedding is recommended.
  • Do not sleep or nap with your baby on a sofa or armchair
  • Please do not ever fall asleep with your baby, on any surface, if yourself or anyone sleeping with you has; drunk alcohol, taken drugs, smoked, or taken medicines that may make them sleepy. It is seen as a criminal offence if an adult who has consumed alcohol and/or a prohibited drug causes the death of a child under three years through suffocation by overlaying whilst sleeping.
  • Do not sleep with your baby if they were born prematurely or weigh under 2.5kg or 5.5lbs when they were born as risks are increased.
  • Keep your baby’s environment smoke free during pregnancy and after the birth.