Safer Sleep Week 11th – 15th March 2024

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – sometimes known as “cot death” – is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby.

Safer Sleep Week campaign – safest places.

Babies’ airways are vulnerable , particularly in the first few months of life, so it is important that parents and carers are aware of this and the actions they can take to protect them. The simplest way to do this is by sleeping baby on their back on a firm, flat service  with no padded or cushioned areas. This will help to keep their airways open and reduce the risk of suffocation and SIDS.  A cot, Moses basket, bassinet, carry cot or crib all fulfill theses criteria.


Reducing the Risk of SIDS – Safe Sleep

Parents can reduce the risk of SIDS by not smoking while pregnant or after the baby is born, and always placing the baby on their back when they sleep. One of the patterns which is known across Merseyside is the significant number of deaths which have occurred when parents have fallen asleep with babies in their bed and accidentally suffocated or badly injured them.

Safer Sleep for Baby is based around six simple steps, designed to be easy to follow and cover the main risk factors. We want all agencies involved with families to speak in a unified voice to reinforce our messages to parents and carers. Research evidence shows that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in their cot, in the parents’ bedroom for the first six months of life.  Campaigns to support this have had a positive impact; the number of babies dying, suddenly and unexpectedly, reduced significantly following the introduction of the ‘Back to Sleep’ Campaign in 1991.

This campaign will show parents and carers the simplest way to create a safe sleep space for their baby that will help to protect their vulnerable airway and reduce the risk of SIDS and accidents.

Always lay Baby on their back. 






Keep Cot Clear of toys and blankets 

Making sure Baby does not overheat

Make it a Smoke Free Zone around Baby

Keep Baby sleeping in your room for at least 6 months.  






Always place Baby on a Firm Waterproof  Mattress.


For further information AND advice please see details of websites;

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Web site Addresses

Caring for baby at night and when sleeping

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