To reduce the incidence of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) it is essential all families receive consistent, clear and sensitive safe sleeping information and education.
The six safe sleeping messages are evidence based and are aligned with international best practice:
· sleep baby on their back from birth, not on the tummy or side
· sleep baby with head and face uncovered
· keep baby smoke free before and after birth
· provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
· sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months
· breastfeed baby.
Staff should strongly encourage parents and caregivers to use safe sleeping practices in any environment where the baby is placed to sleep.
NOTE: There is NO SAFE way to make an adult sleeping surface safe for a baby.