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Safer Sleep this Winter

Date: Thursday, 15th Dec 2022 | Category: General

The Sussex Child Death Overview Panel has asked local partners to reiterate safer sleeping messages to parents and carers this winter, due to local and national concerns regarding safer sleep as a result of the cost of living and rise in energy prices.

The recommended room temperature for babies sleeping is 16-20 degrees, and this may be difficult to maintain in the colder months. It can be tempting to wrap babies up to keep them warm, however we know that overheating a baby increases the chances of SIDS (also known as cot death). Research shows babies are better to be cooler than too hot.

At this time of year, with festivities and celebrations, the normal routines and sleeping arrangements for young babies may be also changed. Please remind parents/carers to:

  • Never sleep on an armchair or sofa with their baby. This is particularly risky.
  • Never ever allow anyone who has been smoking, drinking or taking drugs (including medication) or is feeling overly tried to co-sleep with their baby.

The Lullaby Trust has more information on their website about things parents should consider about safer sleep for their baby in winter months: Safer sleep in winter – The Lullaby Trust