For parents, one of the hardest things to navigate is knowing how to sleep their baby in a safe way that reduces the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
While we still don’t know why this happens, Red Nose has developed a list of five evidence-based safe sleeping recommendations. These have resulted in a decrease in sudden and unexpected death by 85 per cent since 1989.
The recommendations are:
By removing as many as possible stressors to which babies are exposed, such as placing them on their back to sleep instead of on the tummy or side, reducing second-hand tobacco smoke, overheating, head covering, loose bedding and unsafe sleep surfaces, you will minimise the risk of SIDS.
For further information on sleeping your baby safely, head to www.rednose.com.au for a range of free resources, articles and information.
(The article has been contributed to by Red Nose, which is considered the recognised national authority on safe sleeping practices for infants and children.)