Christmas can mean a break in the usual routine for many families. Baby sleeping arrangements can become unsettled as families stay with relatives and little ones are more likely to be looked after by other people.

If you’re going to be out of your normal routine, it’s a good idea to make sure anyone caring for your baby is up-to-date on the latest baby sleep safety recommendations.

The Lullaby Trust‘s Safer Sleep campaign aims to raise awareness of dangerous sleeping environments and offers advice on the correct positioning and surfaces to lower the chances of future tragedies.

The charity supports anyone who has been affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and also promotes expert advice and research into making baby sleep conditions safer. Their advice is based on strong scientific evidence where these safety techniques have been proven.

Baby sleep safety guidelines advise parents to:

  • Lay baby to sleep on a firm, flat, waterproof mattress that is in good, clean condition
  • Placed baby on their back to sleep with their feet to the foot of the cot.
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth

Things to avoid:

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

For more information visit the Lullaby Trust charity.