Sleep Baby on the Back From Birth, Not on the Tummy or Side

Sleeping baby on the back reduces the risk of SUDI. The chance of babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly is greater if they sleep on their tummies or sides. Put your baby on the back to sleep, from birth, on a firm, flat surface. If your midwife, nurse or doctor advises you to use another sleep position for your baby, e.g. baby has a particular medical condition, make sure the reason is fully explained to you and ask for a written explanation. These situations are very rare.

Healthy babies placed to sleep on the back are less likely to choke on vomit than tummy sleeping infants.

Last modified: 27/9/16