Parents, did you know it’s Safer Sleep Week (13-19 March)? #SaferSleepWeek
Safer Sleep Week is a very important campaign, led by Lullaby Trust, to support parents and to help them learn vital safer sleep information to best look after their baby.
This year’s theme focuses on ‘co-sleeping’. A recent survey highlighted the statistic that more than 3,400 parents “co-sleep with their baby at least some of the time and that many parents have accidentally fallen asleep in bed with their baby.”
This year’s campaign is highlighting that the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a clear, flat, separate sleep space and how to make a bed a safer place for planned or accidental co-sleeping.
A recent report from the National Child Mortality Database showed that many babies die in hazardous co-sleeping situations, which is why every new and expectant parent needs to know the advice on how to co-sleep more safely.
The Care Group is supporting this campaign and is sharing this message to new parents through our Health Visitors.
Care Group Health Visitor Kat Sturgeon shared the following advice: “I want to help families in keeping their babies safe and healthy. Following the Safer Sleep advice is essential to help reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death (SIDS).
“The safest place for a baby to sleep is in their own clear, flat, separate sleep space, such as a cot or Moses basket. However sometimes co-sleeping with your baby may happen whether you mean to or not.
“Please ask your Health Visitor for help and check out the Lullaby Trust advice on how to make your bed a safer place for your baby and when co-sleeping should be avoided altogether. Please remember to never fall asleep on a sofa or armchair with your baby!”