Safe Sleeping in Babies

It is important to ensure a safe sleeping environment for babies; they need a lot of sleep and especially in the first few months of their lives. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death commonly occur during sleep. There are no 100% guaranteed risk-free sleep environment, but there are several ways to reduce the risk of cot death.

Tips for a safer sleep

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep  your baby in a smoke-free environment both during pregnancy and after birth
  • Do not let your baby overheat
  • Place your baby to sleep in the same room as you in a cot for the first six months
  • Breastfeed your baby, if you can

For more information please visit the Lullaby Trust and the Infant Sleep Association Source.

Make your home a safe environment for babies and children

There are more than one million children taken to the hospital after being involved in an accident at home every year in the UK. Babies and toddlers are naturally curious so it is vital to remove any potential danger before allowing your baby to explore the environment.

Non-fatal accidents for children

How to prevent falls?

  • Remove things that can cause someone to trip up, especially on the stairs
  • Make sure the stairs are well maintained and well-lit
  • Avoid slipping rugs by putting non-slip pads under rugs or mats
  • Cushioned corners and edge protectors to tables and desks can lessen an injury but may not necessarily prevent a fall

How to make windows and patio doors safe?

  • Make sure that the blind cords and chains are not reachable by children
  • To avoid children walking into glass doors, put colourful stickers on large area of glass
  • Keep furniture that your child may be tempted to climb on, away from windows

How to protect the little fingers and little hands from finding hazards?

  • Keep appliances and any potential danger out of reach from the children
  • Lock up any sharp instruments such as scissors, staplers, or letter openers in a drawer
  • Store any medical or poisonous substances safely where your children cannot reach them
  • Anchor tall furniture such as tall lamps or clothes hanger safely to avoid them toppling over

How to prevent scalds?

  • When preparing for a bath, run cold water before hot water and test the temperature with your elbow (it should be warm, not hot)
  • Avoid placing mugs of hot drinks near the edge of table surfaces
  • Have a thermostatic mixing valve on hot tap
  • Turn away handles of pans and saucepan from the edge when cooking

Fatal accidents for children

How to reduce risk of drowning?

It is important to stay alert when your child is near water or any containers since babies and children can drown in as little as 5cm of water.

  • Never leave your baby or child alone in the bath or when they’re playing near water
  • Do not rely completely on bath seats when your baby is in the bath

How to protect child from suffocation?

  • Place your baby with feet to foot when in the cot, securely tuck covers up no higher than the shoulders
  • Avoid putting your baby to sleep on sofas
  • Make sure any plastic bags are stored away and out of reach from the children