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The Essentials of Safe Sleep for Babies: A Guide for New Parents

Welcoming a new baby into your family is an exciting time filled with love, joy, and, understandably, a bit of anxiety about creating the safest environment for your little one. One of the most crucial aspects is ensuring safe sleep for your baby to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The Lullaby Trust, a leading UK authority on the prevention of SIDS, offers invaluable advice for parents to follow.

The Basics of Safe Sleep

Position and Environment

Always place your baby on their back for every sleep, day and night. This simple practice is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of SIDS. Ensure the cot is clear of any items such as pillows, toys, and loose bedding which could cover your baby's face or cause overheating.

Room Sharing

For at least the first six months, it's recommended that your baby sleeps in the same room as you. This provides not just comfort but a significant safety measure against SIDS.

Temperature Regulation

Maintaining a comfortable room temperature (16-20°C) and dressing your baby appropriately for sleep can prevent overheating, a known risk factor for SIDS. Avoid hats and thick, bulky clothing inside the cot.

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Recommended Bedding for Your Baby

Choosing the right bedding is essential for your baby's comfort and safety during sleep. Opt for lightweight and breathable materials that ensure air circulation and prevent overheating. Our range of cellular blankets is highly recommended for newborns, as their design promotes temperature regulation effectively. Made from natural fibres like bamboo, merino wool, and a cotton-bamboo blend, these blankets are not only safe but also gentle on your baby's skin. Ensuring your baby is snug yet not overheated is key to a safe sleep environment.

For safe sleep, it's crucial to avoid heavy, thick blankets, duvets, and any loose bedding in the baby's sleep area, as these can increase the risk of overheating and pose a suffocation hazard. Pillows, soft toys, and bumpers should also be kept out of the cot.

Integrating Baby Blankets Safely

While the cot should be kept as clear as possible, the use of baby blankets is safe and beneficial, as long as the safe sleep guidelines are followed. Our range of baby blankets, made from natural materials like bamboo, merino wool, and a blend of cotton and bamboo, offers the perfect solution. Cellular blankets are especially suitable for newborns, with their unique design allowing air to circulate freely and maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the night.

Our commitment to safety and comfort is reflected in our selection of blankets, designed to complement the safe sleep environment recommended by The Lullaby Trust. By choosing one of our breathable, natural fibre blankets, you're adding an extra layer of warmth without compromising on safety.

By adhering to these guidelines and incorporating suitable bedding options like our cellular blankets, you can create a safe, comfortable sleeping environment for your baby. For more detailed advice on safe sleep practices, The Lullaby Trust's website is an invaluable resource.

Remember, every baby is unique, and what works best for one may not suit another. Always prioritise your baby’s safety and comfort, and consult with healthcare professionals if you have any concerns.

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