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New Advice for Parents to reduce the risk of cot death:
† Cut smoking in pregnancy - fathers too! And don't let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby.
† Place your baby on the back to sleep (and not on the front or side).
† Do not let your baby get too hot, and keep your baby's head uncovered.
† Place your baby with their feet to the foot of the cot, to prevent them wriggling down under the covers.
† Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
† The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or cot in a room with you for the first six months.
† It's especially dangerous for your baby to sleep in your bed
if you (or your partner):
† are a smoker, even if you never smoke in bed or at home
† have been drinking alcohol
† take medication or drugs that make you drowsy
† feel very tired;
or if your baby:
† was born before 37 weeks
† weighed less than 2.5kg or 5¬Ĺ lbs at birth
† is less than three months old.
† Don't forget, accidents can happen: you might roll over in your sleep and suffocate your baby; or your baby could get caught between the wall and the bed, or could roll out of an adult bed and be injured.
† Settling your baby to sleep (day and night) with a dummy can reduce the risk of cot death, even if the dummy falls out while your baby is asleep.
† Breastfeed your baby. Establish breastfeeding before starting to use a dummy.
Take a more detailed look at our Cot Death Section