Babies should be sleeping alone in a crib/bassinet. This means nothing surrounding them while they sleep, which could be any of the following:
- Bumper pads
- Toys i.e. stuffed animals
Babies should always be placed to sleep on their backs. This is the most crucial part of safe sleeping, as they should not be on their side or stomach. To assist with back sleeping, you can use swaddles and sleep-suits. However, be mindful once your baby is able to roll over, ensure you practice safe sleeping during that stage which is stopping swaddling immediately as babies could get stuck on their stomachs while swaddled.
Babies need to sleep in a crib (or bassinet in the early stages), not in a car seat, swing, adult bed, chair or other upright sleeping devices. Please ensure you do not leave your baby sleeping in a car seat even if it is able to be removed from the car and used as a carrier, always take your baby out of the car seat as this is a huge risk. Crib sleeping is safe sleeping!