Safer sleeping

Reducing the risks of cot death


A cot in your room is the safest place for your baby to sleep in their first six months. Keep the cot tidy and do not use plastic sheets. Babies can overheat, so try to keep the room between 16-20°C. Do not use duvets, quilts or pillows until your baby is one year old, and never use hot water bottles or electric blankets.

Always position your baby in the ‘Feet to Foot’ position, with their feet at the foot of the cot so that they can’t move down inside their blanket.

Unless a health professional has told you to do something different, always put your baby to sleep on its back. Never let your baby fall asleep propped up on a cushion, on a sofa or chair, and don’t let anyone fall asleep while nursing your baby.

Remember - keep the house smokefree. Babies exposed to secondhand smoke have a greater risk to cot death.

For further advice or support you could speak to your Health Visitor or GP or contact The Lullaby Trust (formerly FSID) 0808 802 6869


Call 0800 022 4332 or visit