Creating a Safe Sleep Environment for Your Baby

Every sleep your baby has should be a safe sleep.


These things are not safe to have on your baby or in their bed when going to sleep:

  • Pillows and cushions
  • Toys
  • Loose blankets, sheets or covers or other loose bedding
  • Cot bumper pads
  • Necklaces, such as teething beads
  • Clothes with loose ties, ribbons or threads


Ensure your baby’s bed is kept away from these things:

  • Items with strings or ties, such as mobiles, blind cords, curtains, pictures or wall hangings
  • Power points
  • Heaters
  • Pets
  • Other children


Your baby’s room should be:

  • Well-ventilated, with the door open.
  • Warm but not hot. If you need to use a heater, an electric heater with a thermostat is the safest option.


For further advice on safe sleep guidelines to reduce the risk of Sudden Unexplained Death in Infancy (SUDI), see our article here.

If your family has a history of asthma or allergies, a sheepskin may not be suitable as they can collect dust mites. If you choose to use a sheepskin in your baby’s bed, use one that is short-haired and place it under a fitted sheet.