Reduce the risk of sudden infant death (cot death) by following a few simple rules

✱ The safest place for your baby to sleep is on their back in a cot or a crib in the room with you for the first six months

✱ Place your baby in the 'feet to foot' position (with their feet at the end of the cot, crib or pram)

✱ Keep your baby’s head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders

Don’t smoke in pregnancy — dads too! And don’t let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby

✱ Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair

✱ Do not let your baby get too hot

✱ Do not share a bed with your baby if:

  • you have been drinking alcohol
  • you have taken medication or drugs that make you sleep more heavily
  • you are very tired
  • you or your partner is a smoker
  • your baby was born premature (before 37 weeks)
  • your baby was low birth weight (less than 2.5 kgs or 5½ lbs)

If you think your baby is unwell seek advice promptly.

For more information about reducing the risk of sudden infant death – you can contact the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths by ringing their helpline on 0808 802 6868 or visit their website

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Contact details

Children's Centre:  01252 350225


Address: Ash Grange Children's Centre and Primary School, Ash Church Road, Ash, Surrey GU12 6LX - Map