I was a nervous first-time mum when I had L. My birth experience wasn’t the nicest and how I wanted it to go. Those first few days at home were hard. She was refusing to feed from me and my husband and I were pretty clueless at the start. Sleep was always a worry for me as well after reading so many horror stories around SIDS. Thankfully we were given a newborn Bounty pack in the hospital full of information on safer sleep for babies from the Lullaby Trust.
Knowing what I learned from the information in that first Bounty pack when I had L made taking a newborn home the second time around so much easier and relaxing for us when it came to bedtime.
I love that Bounty works closely with a number of charities to spread important messages to parents and parents-to-be across the website, guides, email and app. They support each key life stage, from pregnancy to birth and pre-school.
So today I’m going to share with you the guidelines from the Lullaby Trust on safer sleep for babies. To help you feel more relaxed and able to get your sleep in as well. Remember you can always find updated information on the Bounty app and website section – Safer Sleep supporting the Lullaby Trust.
Safe Sleep for Babies – Guidelines
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep – There is substantial evidence to show that sleeping your baby on their back at the beginning of every sleep or nap significantly reduces the risk of sudden infant death.
- Room sharing – Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months, even during the daytime naps.
- Mattresses and bedding – You should use a firm and flat mattress that is protected by a waterproof cover. This will help keep the mattress clean and dry, as the cover can be wiped down. Make sure your baby’s mattress is in good condition and that it fits the Moses basket or cot properly. Firmly tucked in sheets and blankets (not above shoulder height) or a baby sleeping bag is safe for a baby to sleep in. Remove all soft toys and avoid using duvets, pillows and quilts. Cot bumpers can pose the risk of an accident to your baby once they begin to roll and move about the cot.
- Avoid letting your baby get too hot – The chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot. A room temperature of 16-20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight well-fitting baby sleep bag that is comfortable and safe for sleeping babies. If you are unsure of the temperature get a room thermometer. We use this Groegg, it’s been fantastic for us!
- Smoking – Both you and your partner should try not to smoke during pregnancy and after the birth. Smoking increases the chance of SIDS.
- Avoid falling asleep with a baby on a couch or armchair.
- Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight.
The Bounty packs are full of information, with money off coupons, samples, and information guides. You may receive the first one in the hospital, then you can get the next two through the Bounty app and picking up at Asda, Boots, and Tesco. All new mums who pick up a Bounty newborn pack will receive a leaflet outlining safer sleep guidelines from the Lullaby Trust. These packs reach more than 45,000 new mums every month.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have found this post useful. I’m always around on social media if you want to chat.