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Safe sleeping

The information in this section is designed to help improve the safety of your baby during every sleep. The principles should be followed for every sleep to help protect your baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.



The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first six months is in a cot in a room with you. Don't share a bed with your baby if:

  • you or your partner are smokers (no matter where or when you smoke, even if you never smoke in bed)
  • you or your partner have recently drunk alcohol
  • you or your partner have taken medication or drugs that make you sleep more heavily
  • you or your partner feel very tiered
  • your baby was premature (born before 37 weeks)
  • Weighed less than 2.5kg or 5.5lb at birth

There is also the risk that you might roll over in your sleep and suffocate your baby. Or your baby could get caught between the wall and the bed, or roll out of an adult bed and be injured.


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