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Making sure a baby is safe while sleeping can reduce the chances of injury, suffocation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Parents and caregivers should be aware of the following issues, when laying a child down to sleep.
- Place infants to sleep on their backs
- Place the baby on a firm, flat surface to sleep.
- Babies are safest when they sleep alone in their own bed.
- There should be nothing in the bed but the baby - no covering, no pillows, no bumper pads and no toys.
- Babies should share a bedroom with parents, but not the same sleeping surface, preferably until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months.
- Never place or sleep with a baby on a sofa, waterbed, soft chair, pillow or bean bag.
- Breastfeeding is also recommended as adding protection against SIDS.
- Avoid baby's exposure to smoke, alcohol and illicit drugs.