Safe sleeping

It’s important that your baby sleeps as safely as possible to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Your health visitor will discuss safe sleeping at your new birth visit, but here are some simple steps you can take to ensure your baby is sleeping safely at all times, not just at night.

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Don't let your baby get too hot or cold while sleeping
  • Sheets and blankets (not above shoulder height) should be firmly tucked in. A baby sleeping bag is a good alternative
  • Avoid using soft or bulky bedding such as quilts, pillows and duvets
  • No hats or gloves when sleeping
  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth weight.


If you or your partner smokes, this raises the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. For help giving up smoking, contact our smoking cessation team.

For further information on safer sleeping, see the Lullaby Trust website.


Safer sleeping tips