Red Nose Safe Sleeping Recommendations

For more than 40 years’, Red Nose Australia have been the experts in keeping baby safe. Our scientific recommendations are based on evidence and put together by our National Scientific Advisory Group - made up of leading stillbirth, SIDS and maternal health researchers.

​Our six evidence-based safe sleeping recommendations are:

1. Always place baby on back for sleep, not on their tummy or side

2. Keep your baby’s head and face uncovered. Covering baby’s face or head with clothing such as a hat increases the risk of sudden infant death.

3. Keep your baby smoke-free before and after birth.

4. Have a safe sleeping environment night and day. Make sure the mattress is firm, clean and flat, in a safe cot that meets industry standards. Make sure there are no blankets, soft bedding, toys, pillows or bumpers in the cot.

5. Sleep your baby in your room for the first 6 months

6. Breastfeed your baby if possible.

Last modified: 12/10/22