Helping babies sleep safer this winter

These colder months can be difficult for families – they may be worried about the costs of living and have to make difficult choices.

They might be anxious about how they will afford to keep their home and baby warm. 

The recommended room temperature for babies is 16-20 degrees, which some families may find difficult to maintain in the colder months.

It can be tempting to wrap a baby up to keep them warm, however, we know that overheating a baby increases the chances of SIDS (also known as cot death) and research shows babies are better to be cooler than too hot.

That’s why our Children and Young People Public Health colleagues are working with Communications and Marketing to share information from Lullaby Trust around safer sleeping for babies during winter months.

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.

The short campaign also includes guidance on safer sleep over the festive season, when schedules change and might include staying over at a different house or having a few drinks.

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