SIDS Prevention

What is SIDS? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexpected death of an infant 1 month to 1 year of age. 

How Common is SIDS?

In the UK, approximately 230 babies die of SIDS every year. Thankfully, annual rates of SIDS have been declining in the UK since the Back to Sleep Campaign, but there is still much work to be done. 

SIDS Prevention Starts With Sleep

Providing a safe sleep environment is the single most important step you can take to reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. Cot death is not a topic anyone wants to think about—but thankfully, there are many ways to reduce your baby’s risk. 

SIDS Prevention: 15 Tips to Prevent SIDS

  1. Only let your baby sleep on the back.
  2. Breast-feed if you can: This cuts SIDS by 50%.
  3. Have a smoke-free house: Do not smoke or allow others to do so. Avoid wood stoves, incense, scented candles, and fireplaces, unless the room is well vented.
  4. Avoid overheating or overcooling: Keep the room 20–22.2°C, and avoid overdressing. Your baby’s ears should feel slightly warm, not cold or hot.
  5. Use snug swaddling for all sleep to help prevent SIDS.
  6. Offer a dummy at bedtime (if you are breastfeeding, wait a couple of weeks until the nursing is well established before giving a dummy).
  7. Do not sleep with your baby in your bed for the first year.
  8. Never let him sleep on a couch, recliner, sofa, armchair, beanbag chair, or waterbed.
  9. Remove pillows, toys, bumpers, and thick or loose bedding that could cause smothering, like duvets, pillows, bumpers, stuffed animals, positioners, lambskins.
  10. No thick blankets under the baby, either.
  11. Practice tummy time to help your baby develop strong muscles to move his face away from choking risks.
  12. Do not let your baby sleep sitting up in a car seat, infant carrier or upright swing (especially if she is premature or developmentally delayed).
  13. Sleep in the same room as your baby for the first 6 months, with the baby in a cot or SNOO Smart Sleeper right near you.
  14. Make sure your baby has received all their immunisations.
  15. Avoid cots with missing slats, net siding or a space between the mattress and the side wall where your baby’s head might get trapped.

SIDS Prevention: Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, there is no absolute way to prevent SIDS. But, most babies who die have at least one of these risk factors, so following all these tips to prevent SIDS can definitely make your baby safer! For a complete list of safety tips for parents and caregivers visit

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Disclaimer: The information on our site is NOT medical advice for any specific person or condition. It is only meant as general information. If you have any medical questions and concerns about your child or yourself, please contact your health provider. Breastmilk is the best source of nutrition for babies. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, mothers eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast- and bottle-feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of a mother's breastmilk and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. If you do decide to use infant formula, you should follow instructions carefully.