Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexpected death of a baby where no cause is found.
The sudden and unexpected death of a baby is usually referred to by professionals as ‘sudden unexpected death in infancy’ (SUDI) if under 12 months of age or ‘sudden unexpected death in childhood’ (SUDC), if the baby was over 12 months old. The death of a baby which is unexpected is also sometimes referred to as ‘sudden infant death.’
While SIDS is rare, it can still happen and there are steps you can take to help reduce the risk for your baby.
Here are some key things to think about, plan and do when your new baby arrives to help you navigate parenthood with confidence during the first 12 months.
Products your baby needs
> cot or Moses basket
> portable sleep space such as Moses basket, travel cot or carry cot
> sleeping bag or sheets and a blanket
> room thermometer
> car seat
Products we advise against
> pods or nests
> pillows, duvets or thick heavy bedding
> cot bumpers
> sleep positioners
We encourage parents and carers to make sure that any product they buy meets the British Standard, particularly when buying a product over the internet. This guarantees a certain level of general safety (e.g., will not fall apart or set fire easily). You should also carefully follow the manufacturers’ instructions for any product you buy and contact the manufacturer directly with any questions.