Safe sleep habits are extremely important for parents to understand and to actively practice with babies. SIDS and Kids Australia research and educate the community on safe sleep practices.
To support their research and raise awareness SIDS and Kids Australia are holding their annual Red Nose Day on Friday the August 14th. The money and awareness raised will assist SIDS and Kids Australia to reach their goals of reducing the rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in babies to zero.
An active way for parents to reduce the risk of SIDS is by promoting a safe sleeping environment, day and night for your baby. Read through the safe sleeping tips below from the experts at SIDS and KIDS Australia.
- Use a safe cot that meets the current Australia Standard AS2172.
- Use a safe mattress: firm, clean, flat (not tilted or elevated), the right size for the cot.
- Sleep baby on back.
- Keep head and face uncovered.
- Position baby’s feet at the bottom of the cot.
- Tuck blankets in firmly or use a safe baby sleeping bag.
- Keep baby smoke free
- Breastfed baby
- DO NOT use pillows, doonas, soft toys, cot bumpers, or lambswool anywhere in the cot.
- DO NOT put your baby to sleep on a water bed or bean baby
- Create a safe sleeping environment night and day.
Every dollar raised on August 14th for Red Nose Day helps provide lifesaving education and advice for new and expectant parents, and 24/7 grief support for families devastated by the sudden and unexpected death of their baby or child.
Show your support for Red Nose Day on August 14th and show your support for this special event by buying a red nose or making a donation at Red Nose Australia. You can also show your support digitally this year by checking out Red Nose Day Australia’s Instagram page @rednoseau and posting yourself wearing a digital red nose.