7th March 2016


Babies Sleep Safer in Milton Keynes

Next week (Monday 14th March to Sunday 20th March 2016) is Safer Sleep Week, run by The Lullaby Trust. 

Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board and NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging parents and carers in Milton Keynes to learn more about safer sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

In the UK, just under 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly every year but following simple safer sleep advice can drastically reduce the risk. Parents are urged to remember…

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby, if you can
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition

Jane Held, the Independent Chair of Milton Keynes Safeguarding Children Board said:

“We hope that through supporting Safer Sleep Week we will encourage parents and carers to access information, support and guidelines on safer sleeping. Simple guidance such as never sleeping on a sofa with your baby or trying to avoid your baby getting too hot can make all the difference.”

To find out more, visit the Lullaby Trust website or www.mktogether.co.uk