SIDS and Kids have recently updated their safe sleeping guidelines to include “Breastfeed baby if you can”  which supplements the five pre-existing key public health recommendations to reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected death in infancy. All six points are listed below and we would love to hear your thoughts on the new addition to the safe sleeping guidelines.



Six ways to sleep baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy:


1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side.

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered.

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after.

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day.

5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months.

6. Breastfeed baby if you can.


SIDS and Kids Safe Sleep iPhone App now available!


To coincide with the launch of the revised safe sleeping messages SIDS and Kids have released a free iPhone app SIDS and Kids Safe Sleep to educate the community about the best way to sleep a baby safely. the app is available for download from the iTunes App Store at no cost and includes modeules such as Safe Sleeping, Tummy Time and Safe Wrapping. 


SIDS and Kids is a high profile and well respected national charity with a highly successful history in health promotion, bereavement support, advocacy and research.


SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.


For more information about the safe sleeping guidelines and the Sleep Safe, My Baby campaign and other safe sleeping resources please visit SIDS and Kids Safe Sleeping



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  • The guidelines seem to change all the time. Hopefully there comes a time when theyll know exactly what’s right and it will be passed down from generation to generation


  • I have one concern with babies sleeping on their backs. They can so easily choke to death on their own vomit, as in fact adults can too. You would need to be a light sleeper to hear baby in time, if he/she made a noise. If you can safely raise the head of the bassinet or cot it may drain out of baby’s mouth. Also a risk with baby in baby capsules. I heard about one Mum who had to stop in traffic and put hazard lights on th rescue her baby as she had no chance at all to get to a safe place to park in peak hour traffic soon enough. Her baby was turning blue when she rescued him and rescusitated him, then called an Ambluance to meet them further up the road.


  • Thanks so much for sharing this SIDs information


  • Sids is one of my favourite organisations to support.


  • Thanks for sharing this information on Sids.


  • Always good to remind people about safe sleeping.


  • Such important information. Thank you. We worry about so much with little ones in the house, it’s good to know that we’re minimising risks wherever possible.


  • every parent is already doing these things. but sometimes anyone can make a little mistake which is why a reminder is very important like this one. its must read


  • Thanks for the updated article, very useful & informative.


  • A great article for all mums great tips thanks for sharing


  • thanks I cannot express how important it is to stay up to date with things like this


  • My grandson died of SIDS 13 years ago, he was just 30 days old. A terrible thing for any family to go through.


  • So important to read! Passing this one on!


  • thank you sharing this article good read


  • thanks for sharing was a great read


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