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Safe sleep for babies

Tragically, across the HIPS area, we have seen an increase in infant deaths caused by unsafe sleeping arrangements. We know from learning from Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Reviews many of these deaths will occur from parents falling asleep on a sofa with a baby or sharing a bed with their baby following consumption of alcohol and/or substances.

We would encourage you to discuss sleeping arrangements with all parents of babies you come into contact with, and ask parents to also have those discussions with extended family members who may also be supporting care.  Below are leaflets from the Lullaby Trust that can be used to support these conversations.

Safer Sleep Saving Babies’ Lives – a guide for professionals

Safer Sleep for babies – a guide for parents