Whether you plan to room share, co-sleep, or don’t have a clue, this page will help you create a safer sleep routine from the moment you bring your baby home.
Safer sleep for babies is important as it can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) from occurring. Commonly known as ‘cot death’, it is thankfully rare due to the adoption of safer sleep practices such as placing baby on their back for every sleep. When combined and followed consistently for every sleep, the steps below help to reduce the risk of SIDS, making a safer sleeping environment for baby, and giving you peace of mind.
Shopping for a baby can be expensive, so don’t forget that second-hand products are always an option. Whether you’re gifted these items from family and friends or shop online, there’s a few things you need to be aware of before you use something pre-owned:
– Make sure you get a hold of the product’s instructions from the manufacturer. Instructions can often be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website.
– Make sure the product meets the relevant British Safety Standard.
– Make sure it’s good condition with no broken parts.
– If you are looking for a second-hand mattress, make sure it has no rips/tears, is still firm and flat and is the appropriate size for your baby’s sleep space. Also, make sure that the mattress has been stored in a clean, dry and smoke-free place and was previously protected by a waterproof cover.
– Do NOT buy second-hand car seats. You might not be able to tell if it’s been in an accident, as some damage might not be visible. Even wear and tear over time could affect the safety of the car seat and it’s ability to protect your baby.
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