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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  • my daughter now 14 months has been in her own room since six weeks or under


  • As for me I could not sleep unless baby was near me. they all had their bassinette in our room. I would get up and check on them during the night make sure they were ok. The dad of the last three had two cot deaths in his previous relationship and they both smoked cigarettes and dope. So that made me abit more anxious about our three but it all went well.


  • Yeah I agree my little one makes a bit of noise in his sleep, I don’t think I could have had him in our room for that long


  • Right, so they want Mums to have no sleep for the first 6-12 months? I know quite a few Mums who can’t sleep if the baby is in the same room as them!


  • “2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered” gee wizz, who’da thought LOLOL


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