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Safe Sleep

Creating a safe sleeping environment for your baby will reduce the risk of injuries and sleep related infant death, including Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Steps to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

(Resource from the Public Health Agency of Canada)

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep, for every sleep.
  • Be smoke-free, before and after your baby is born.
  • Breastfeed your baby.
  • Give your baby a safe sleep space that has:
    • a firm, flat surface with a tightly fitted sheet
    • no gaps between the mattress and sides
    • no loose, soft bedding, bumper pads, pillows or toys.
  • The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib, cradle or bassinet.
  • Room share - Place your baby to sleep in a crib, cradle or bassinet in the same room as you sleep for the first 6 months.
 
 

Telephone Support

To speak with a Public Health Nurse from the Middlesex-London Health Unit about your baby call:

  • 519-663-5317
  • weekdays
  • 8:30AM to 4:30PM
 
Date of creation: February 27, 2013
Last modified on: November 29, 2021

References

2Canadian Paediatric Society. (2021) Safe Sleep for Babies. Retrieved from
https://caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/pregnancy-and-babies/safe_sleep_for_babies