The safest sleep position
Forget what your mama tells you, here’s the latest on baby sleep positions.
When your baby is sleeping, she doesn’t move around as much as you do. To prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or cot death), your baby’s sleeping position is very important.
Previous generations of mothers were concerned about a baby vomiting in his sleep and choking if on his back. The newest research, though, has focused on SIDS, and all the campaigns aim to get parents to put their babies to sleep on their backs.Back sleeping
As your newborn’s neck muscles are still developing and he does not have sufficient control over his head movements it is the safest to have your baby lie on his back. Recent research has shown that there is more a connection between the sleeping positions of babies and cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS). To make it even safer you can tuck your baby in on his sides with specially designed sleep wedges.
If your baby is more comfortable sleeping on his side, use sleep wedges to support your baby to stay on his side and not fall over on his stomach. Side sleeping is safer than stomach sleeping.
There is debate around whether babies who co-sleep are more likely to suffer from SIDS. It is generally recommended that you don’t sleep with your baby if:
- You are drunk or on drugs.
- You have taken a sleeping pill.
- You are very overweight.
- You are sleeping on a couch.