If you asked me what my main fear was when it came to having a newborn baby, without hesitation, I’d have replied that it is the fear of her not waking up. So much of mine and the missus’ time was spent checking that Baby L was breathing or listening out for signs of life for fear of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Seven months on, we don’t worry about it as much now, but we are aware that there is still a chance that something unexpected could happen. It’s awful thinking like this and not something you want to fret about, but the truth is that five babies die in the UK each week due to SIDS. Although it is unclear why this happens, evidence shows that parents can take steps to reduce the chance of something happening to their little one, such as not co-sleeping when you or your partner have had a smoke, drunk alcohol or taken drugs, or laying the baby on their back, not front, to sleep.
A huge driver behind this evidence is The Lullaby Trust, a charity who provide specialist support for bereaved families, promote expert advice on safer baby sleep and raise awareness of SIDS. During the week of 16th to 23rd March 2015, The Lullaby Trust is launching a new annual awareness campaign called Safer Sleep Week. This aims to ensure parents understand the importance of safer sleep and are aware of sleep practices which can reduce the chance of SIDS.
The Lullaby Trust are doing some phenomenal work when it comes to research, support and awareness of SIDS. Please keep a look out for information during Safer Sleep Week and share with friends and family who are expecting or have a baby. You can follow what’s being discussed using the hashtag #SaferSleep or visit the website for more information.
In the meantime, take a look at this infographic from The Lullaby Trust which provides some key stats when it comes to SIDS and how you can reduce the risk for your little one.