Safe Sleep advice from Bury Health Visiting Service:
In the first few months, your newborn may sleep for around 16 hours a day, in between feeds and cuddles. To keep your baby safe and to reduce the risk of sudden infant death (sometimes called cot death) always make sure:
- You put your baby down on their back to sleep, never on the front or side.
- The cot is beside the parents’ bed for at least the first six months.
- The mattress is firm and flat – soft beds, bean bags and sagging mattresses are not suitable.
- Your baby is not overdressed or covered with too much bedding (no more than you would use yourself).
- The bedding must not be able to cover the baby’s head.
- The room is not too hot (16-20ºC is ideal).
- The room where your baby sleeps is a smoke-free zone.
For further advice on safe sleeping for babies please see the other details and downloads sections on this page