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Though not everything can be controlled, reducing risk factors helps to keep your child safe.

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You’ll find different risks arise at different ages and stages. You can reduce risks by:

  • Following SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) guidelines
  • Keeping the cot sides up when your child is in the cot

Do this no matter their age

  • Ensuring cot sides are higher than your child’s standing height
  • Keeping the cot or bed away from blind and curtain cords
  • Removing necklaces and cords when your baby is sleeping

This includes dummy chains and/or cords

  • Avoiding sharing a bed with your baby
  • Avoiding overheating your baby with bedding and room heaters
  • Feeding your baby outside the cot or bed

It’s preferable for you to hold them

  • Ensuring prams and cots meet Australian standards
  • Never leaving your baby unattended/alone in a pram or stroller
  • Managing your own stress with deep breaths
  • Rocking, touching and kind words
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 A quick tip

Always make sure you're gentle with your child, no matter how upset or frustrated you may feel.

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