Rossendale Borough Council

Keeping your baby safe

Safer Sleep For Baby

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Every Baby Matters in Rossendale

In East Lancashire the number of babies who die before their first birthday is higher than the national average and we want this to change and become less.

No-one wants to think that the worst will happen to their baby but it's important that parents and carers know the risks and what they can do about them.

Do you know your 6 steps?

Advice for parents and families

Safer sleep for baby focuses on 6 easy to follow steps which parents or carers can follow any time you put your baby down to sleep.

  1. Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth.
  2. Put baby in a cot, crib or moses basket to sleep - never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair.
  3. Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.
  4. Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.
  5. Keep baby's head and face uncovered and make sure they don't get too hot.
  6. Breastfeed your baby - support is available if you need it.

Sleeping away from home?

If you're baby is going to be sleeping somewhere different for the first time, whether this is on holiday or at a baby sitters, it's important that whoever is looking after them follows the safer sleep advice.

Plan ahead

Before you go away there are a few extra things you should think about. See how you can get prepared.

 And remember:

  • Check the room temperature which should be 16-20°C - ask your Health Visitor for a thermometer
  • Keep your home Smoke Free and don't let others smoke near your baby - see below for smoke free homes
  • Get your baby fully immunised
  • Register with your local Children's Centre, they have lots to offer
  • Try not to worry, contact you Health Visitor or Midwife for reassurance
  • If you are pregnant contact your Midwife early so that you and your unborn baby receive all the care you can

Have you signed up to the Rossendale Every Baby Matters Pledge yet?

Click here to see what organisations in Rossendale have pledged their committment to Every Baby Matters:

Reducing infant mortality is the responsibility of the whole of the community. We can all play a role in helping to reduce the risks of infant mortality by passing on the right simple health and safer sleep messages.

A big thank you to all those organisations that have already signed up to the Rossendale Every Baby Matters Pledge so far! If you haven't yet sign up to the pledge or can encourage your organsiation - please act now. The Plegde document and Fact Sheet can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.

Also, click below for related links:

Safer Sleep for Baby information 

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust - Maternity and Early Years

The Lullaby Trust

Little Lullaby - The Place for Young Parents

Rossendale Children's Centres

NHS Pregnancy and Baby Guide

Smoke Free Homes