Keeping your baby safe

Sleeping safely with your baby

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS or cot death) and sleep related accidental deaths and injuries are rare, so don’t let worrying about that stop you enjoying your baby’s first few months.

However safe sleep is very important. You, and anyone helping you, needs to understand how to keep your baby safe whilst they sleep.

Hear more about this, and why it can be especially difficult in colder weather, from Clare and Caroline who are midwives at Bradford and Airedale: 

The Lullaby Trust have also made a short video to explain the do’s and don’ts of safe sleep for babies.

For top tips on safer sleep and more detailed information and links, visit the ‘Sleep’ page on the Better Lives, Healthy Futures website.

Second hand smoke

Second hand smoking, also known as passive smoking, can increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death syndrome (SIDS).

Second-hand smoke is toxic. When you smoke indoors, second-hand smoke lingers in the air for hours – long after you can see it or smell it.

It doesn’t matter how careful you think you are, by opening windows, standing at the door as the smoke seeps back into the room and even under doors.


Home Safety

Did you know?

More accidents happen at home than anywhere else!

Although it’s impossible to make anywhere 100 per cent safe, no matter how hard you try. Children under the age of five are one of the two groups most likely to have an accident at home.

Thankfully many accidents in the home can be prevented by following simple safety advice.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have produced this handy leaflet (please click here or on the picture to open) safety/safe-at-home-under-5.pdf


For more information on how to prevent accidents visit the home safety page of the Better Lives Healthy Futures website.

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