Safe Sleep Environment

Follow the recommendation from Red Nose (formerly known as SIDS and kids):

  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 in a smoke free environment before and after birth.
  4. Provide a safe sleeping environment.
  5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months.
  6. Breastfeed baby if possible.

What is a safe sleeping place?

To create a safe sleeping place and ensure that your baby can breath freely:

  • Make sure your cot or basinette meets the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 2172).
  • Have a firm, well fitting mattress.
  • Have a breathable mattress, blankets and covers.
  • Remove the plastic cover from the mattress.
  • Don’t have bumpers (cot surrounds) or toys in the cot.
  • Sleep your baby on his or her back.
  • Have your baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot.
  • Make sure the blankets are tucked in firmly.
  • Make sure there are no cords or drawstrings (e.g. from blinds or curtains) within reach.

Is it safe to share a sleep surface?

It is not recommended that adults and babies share a sleep surface, particularly due to the risk of suffocation. More information about this can be found on the Red Nose website.

For Twins

  • The safest way for twins to sleep is in their own safe sleeping place. It is not recommended to have them sleep in the same cot or bassinette.
  • If you must have twins in the same cot, place them at opposite ends rather than side by side.
  • Babies sleep cycles vary from 20 – 60 minutes (adult cycles are around 90 minutes). Some babies have trouble moving from one sleep cycle to the next. You may need to help them resettle, until they are able to do it themselves. If your baby is restless, wait, watch and work out if your baby can resettle before deciding to get your baby up.