Guidelines for New Parents to Reduce Risk of SIDS

On June 26th SIDS and Kids are holding their annual Red Nose Day fundraising event, helping to raise money for crucial research into stillbirth and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy.

Each year more than 3,500 families still experience the unexpected death of a baby or child from a range of causes including fatal sleeping accidents, drowning, motor vehicle accidents, sudden onset illness, stillbirth and SIDS.

This Red Nose Day SIDS and Kids would like to reiterate to 300,000 new parents the ‘Sleep Safe, My Baby’ guidelines to reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected infant death.

“When you’re a new parent, there’s often information overload and trying to process everything whilst feeling exhausted can be daunting. We believe it is important for parents to be provided with clear information to help guide the infant care practices they use,” says SIDS and Kids Australia CEO Associate Professor Leanne Raven.

SIDS and Kids have put Safe Sleeping guidelines for parents which are straight forward and easy to understand.

Six ways to sleep baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected death in infancy:

1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day

5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months

6. Breastfeed baby

Providing a safe sleeping environment night and day is often an area which causes confusion to new parents, with many products still available which are not recommended. SIDS and Kids guidelines are:

Safe Sleeping environment night and day

1. Choose a safe cot which meets Australian Standard AS2172

2. Ensure a safe mattress which is firm, clean, flat and right size for cot

3. Tuck blankets in firmly or use a safe baby sleeping bag

4. Do not use a pillow, cot bumper, lamb’s wool, soft toy or doona in the cot day or night

SIDS and Kids is an Australian community-based organisation dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and to supporting bereaved families

Red Nose Day is one of Australia’s iconic campaigns taking place this year on June 26th. Please visit for further information.