Posted on 2023-12-22 04:30:21
Parents are being encouraged to ensure their babies sleep safe by following some top tips.
The NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) has launched a themed campaign promoting top tips for babies having a safe sleep and highlighting the risks of co-sleeping.
It comes as many families prepare for the arrival for their baby and highlights the risks of sharing your bed with your baby or sleeping on the sofa or armchair with them when you feel tired.
The campaign's main message is that the safest place for babies to sleep is in a cot or Moses basket in the same room as their parents/carers, to keep baby safe and reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
A survey by the Lullaby Trust revealed that many parents co-sleep with their baby and that some have accidentally fallen asleep. The ICB is highlighting some top tips to ensure babies have the safest sleep.
Top tips for a safe sleep for baby:
David Purdue, executive chief nurse, NHS North East and North Cumbria ICB said: "If you've had an alcoholic drink or taken medication, you need an appropriate adult to take care of your baby. Baby will be safest in their own separate sleeping place, ideally in a cot in your room. If you're staying with family and friends, take a travel cot for baby to keep them safe and comfortable".
"By following the Lullaby Trust's top tips, you and baby can have a fun and safe time together. For further information, visit the Lullaby Trust website at www.lullabytrust.org.uk"
Health Visitor, Sharon Bell said: "The safest place for a baby to sleep in in their own clear, flat separate sleep space, such as a cot or Moses basket. However, we know that many parents find themselves co-sleeping, whether they mean to or not. In these instances, please co-sleep more safely."
Parents and carers should take note of the following top tips: