Written by best-selling author of Sense Series and owner of the Parent Sense app, Meg Faure
Sleep marks the very first separation from our babies. Like most parents, I well recall tiptoeing into the nursery to check on my little one’s breathing when they were sleeping soundly. Without question the worst fear of any parent is the fear that their baby dies whilst asleep – commonly known as cot death or SIDS.
Millions are spent annually on SIDS research and while the jury is still out on exactly what causes a baby to die in its sleep, we do know what the heightened risk factors are. Co-sleeping, especially on a soft surface, such as a couch or if a parent is under the influence of drugs or alcohol significantly increases the risk of death. A baby sleeping on her tummy likewise increases the risk considerably. Smoking whilst pregnant and exposure to cigarette smoke is also seen as a risk factor.
These are a few sleep safety tips that should not be ignored:
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