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Safe Sleeping for Babies

Perhaps recently you have seen photos floating around the Internet of a box filled with goodies that is provided to expectant mothers in Finland. The box contains clothing, outdoor wear, baby wraps and interestingly a mattress, which turns the box into a place for the baby to sleep.
 
Now I know the idea of letting a new born sleep in a box may make some mothers feel a little uncomfortable, but what if I told you the box used in Finland is one of the main reasons why the country has such a low infant mortality rate. Finland has seen a dramatic decrease in the number of infant death after the introduction of the box in 1935.
 
So why is this? It’s because the box follows safe sleeping principles.
 
To understand what safe sleeping is we should go through the safe sleeping guidelines, which have been suggested by sidsandkids.org.
 
These 6 safe sleeping guidelines are intended to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy.
 
“1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered
3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months
6. Breastfeed baby”
 
Other things such as toys, bumpers and pillows in the cot should also be avoided. We know it is tempting to co-sleep with your little one and enjoy their company but it is safest for them to be in their own safe sleeping space. It is however important for them to have their safe sleeping space in the same room as you.
 
There is strong evidence behind room sharing. There is evidence which suggests that if a dedicated caregiver sleeps in the same room as a baby (but not the same bed) their chance of dying from SIDS is reduced by up to 50% when compared to babies who sleep in separate rooms (reference: sidsandkids.org).
 
The 5Drs recommend (http://www.sidsandkids.org/) for further information. We hope you have found this article interesting and informative. If you have please share it with your friends.
Dr SK