From snuffling to overheating, we’ve got the answers to help ease the anxieties about your little one’s sleep
“I’m a bit confused over how I should lay Ben down at night as people keep telling me different things. What’s the best way to do it safely?”Emma Berry, 31, from Devon, mum to Ben, 2 months“It’s really important to lay him down on his back, on a firm, flat mattress, with his feet facing the foot of the crib,” explains Judith Howard, helpline adviser for The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths. “Never put him down on his side
or tummy, as this will make his body temperature rise and encourage him into a deeper sleep, which could make it more difficult to rouse him,” she says. Placing him on his back also reduces the chances of cot death. If he wriggles around in the night, then don’t worry about checking and repositioning him, just be sure to start every sleep with him lying on his back.
“Give him lots of tummy time during the day when he’s awake,” says Judith. “But remember, play on front, sleep on back.”
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