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When a baby dies

We hope that this page can help explain what you might experience now and in the future, in terms of practicalities

Baby sleeping in a cot

Sleep position

Always put your baby on their back for every sleep, day and night, as the chance of SIDS is particularly high for babies who are sometimes placed on their front or side.

Mattresses and bedding

With so many products on the market, it can be easy to get confused about what babies should sleep in or on. Remember, the safest mattresses for your baby are firm and flat and protected by a waterproof cover

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Young boy holding dad's hand

Supporting brothers and sisters

It is common for parents to feel worried about how any other children will be affected by their sibling’s death. You may be concerned about the difficult task of discussing and explaining the death, especially when you don’t have a reason for how or why it happened.

Co-sleeping

Some parents choose to share a bed or other sleep surface (also known as co-sleeping) with their babies. Read our co-sleeping advice.

Sleeping products

There are a large number of sleeping products on the market so we have put together some guidelines to help you make an informed choice

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