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Baby—safe sleeping

Safe sleeping guidelines

To provide a safe sleeping environment for your baby, the following guidelines are recommended by SIDS and Kids (May 2012):

  1. Sleep baby on their back from birth, not on tummy or side.
  2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered.
  3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
  4. Provide a safe sleeping environment.
  5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months.
  6. Breastfeed baby.

Safe Sleeping

A safe sleeping environment includes:

  • a cot that meets Australian standards
  • a firm, clean well-fitted mattress
  • removing all quilts, doona, pillows, loose bedding, cot bumpers, sheepskins and soft toys.

It is important to ensure that anybody who cares for your baby is familiar with the safe sleeping guidelines when settling your baby to sleep.

For additional, comprehensive information about safe sleeping please refer to the following resources:

  1. Safe sleeping, http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/LongB2012LR.pdf
  2. Making up baby’s cot, http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/MakingUpCotEnglish.pdf
  3. Safe wrapping. http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/LongB2012LR.pdf

Safe sleeping information in languages other than English

Arabic

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Arabic-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet1.pdf
http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Arabian3.pdf

Cantonese

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Cantonese-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Chinese

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Chinese3.pdf

Dari

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Dari-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Dinka

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Dinka-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Farsi

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Farsi-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Korean

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Korean-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Mandarin

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Mandarin-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf
http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Chinese3.pdf

Somali

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Somali-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Sudanese/Arabic

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/SudaneseArabic-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf

Vietnamese

http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Vietnamese-SidsandKids-SafeSleepingFactsheet_2012.pdf
http://www.sidsandkids.org/wp-content/uploads/Vietnamese3.pdf

For video resources on this topic in languages other than English, visit the Raising Children Network website.*

*Please note that Mater cannot guarantee the accuracy or appropriateness of information provided on third party websites.

Co-sleeping and bed sharing with your baby

At some point, as parents, you will have your baby in bed with you, particularly if you are breastfeeding. However, it is important that you understand how to do this in the safest possible way.

For comprehensive information on how to safely co-sleep with your baby and the benefits and risks of bed sharing and co-sleeping with your baby, please refer to the following resource:

Safe sleeping for babies. Reducing the risk of sudden infant death. SIDS and Kids/Queensland Health, 2008.

Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-430089
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 26/7/2017
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