Making Your Home Safe Before Moving a Child From a Cot to a Bed

…safe: Pay special attention to potential hazards that may result in falls, drowning, strangulation, entrapment or poisoning. Keep dangling cords, strings and mobiles out of reach as they could get caught around a child’s neck. Keep heaters, electrical appliances and access to power points well away to avoid the risk…

Where to Sleep a Child Who Has Moved From a Cot

…Mattress One option is to take the mattress from a cot or a full height single bed and use it made up on the floor. Ensure the mattress is positioned away from the walls as young children can become trapped bet ween the mattress and wall. A child’s mattress needs…

What is a Safe Sleeping Environment?

…unattended on an adult bed or bunk bed, placing baby on a waterbed, beanbag, couch, pillow or cushion, or with a sleeping adult or child on a couch, sofa or chair. Keep baby’s cot away from hanging cords such as blinds, curtains, or electrical appliances as they could get caught…

Is it Safe to Sleep With My Baby?

…of, and definitions for, bed-sharing and co-sleeping. For the purpose of this statement the term ‘sharing a sleep surface’ is used to include bed-sharing and co-sleeping practices. Bed-sharing refers to bringing the baby onto a sleep surface where co-sleeping is possible, whether intended or not. Co-sleeping is defined as a…

What is the safest way to sleep twins?

…in the same safe cot (known as “co-bedding”) is dangerous if one part of the body of one twin were able to accidentally cover the face of the other, causing an interference with breathing. There is a risk that this can happen if the twins are sleeping side-by-side. So what…

Mother-Infant Bed Sharing in Clinical Settings

…safest place for baby to sleep is their own safe sleep environment, which is safest in safe cot or bassinette at the bedside. We also recognise that shared sleeping with baby occurs in clinical setting for a variety of reasons including for post-operative patients and for women after a difficult…

Protecting Baby From Overheating During Sleep

It is not necessary to monitor the room temperature or to leave the heating or cooling on all night, as long as the baby is dressed appropriately for the room temperature: Dress baby as you would dress yourself – comfortably warm, not hot or cold. A good way to check…

Cosleeping with your baby

…baby on their back to sleep – never on their tummy or side Make sure baby’s face and head remain uncovered Make sure the mattress is firm and flat – not elevated or tilted Make sure your bedding and sheets can’t cover baby’s face Keep pillows and adult bedding away…

Coping with sleep deprivation and safe sleeping

…practical needs of parents to get some sleep, especially if you are sleep deprived and feeling fatigued. We also know that it can feel challenging to follow our six safe sleep recommendations when you are very tired and it may be tempting to do something different. Following the six safe…

Bushfire smoke and the risk of SIDS and stillbirth

…effects the lungs’ ability to breath normally, aggravate asthma or other respiratory conditions, and can cause a sore throat, runny nose or coughing. For healthy adults, these symptoms usually go away once the smoke has subsided. Pregnant women, young children and infants are more sensitive to the effects of breathing…

Bassinets

…safest place for baby to sleep is usually in baby’s own safe cot, however, bassinets are increasing in popularity because a safe cot can take up a lot of space, especially for families living in apartments or smaller houses. But unlike cots, there are no Australian safety standards for bassinets,…