When your baby is sleeping…
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night.
- Use a firm sleep surface, such as a mattress in a safety-approved box or crib, covered by a fitted sheet.
- For newborns, keep soft objects such as toys, crib bumpers and loose bedding out of your baby’s sleep area.
- Give your baby a dry soother that is not attached to a string for naps and at night.
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Keep the baby’s sleep area (basket, box or crib) in the same room where you sleep for the first 6 months.
Before the baby is born…
- Look after yourself too: Get regular health care during pregnancy and do not drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs during pregnancy or after the baby is born.
- When pregnant and after the baby is born, do not smoke. And – where possible – do not allow smoking around your bump or your baby.
- If possible, breastfeed your baby, but it is advisable to research bottle-feeding too before the baby is born.
- Follow health care provider guidance on your baby’s vaccines and regular health checkups.
- Give your baby plenty of Tummy Time when he or she is awake and when someone is watching.