A few babies die every year unexpectedly and suddenly in their cots. This is known as cot death or the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Although there is no clear explanation, a few precautions are known to reduce the risk of cot deaths.
- Always put babies to sleep on their backs as this is regarded as the safest position by doctors
- Place your baby in the feet-to-foot position in the cot
- Don't let your baby get too hot or cold.
- Don't allow anyone to smoke around your baby or in the baby's room.
- Don't use a pillow for under two year olds as this could smother them.
- Remove all packaging from the mattress.