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Key Safe sleep Messages– how to protect your baby.
(Source: Ministry of Health)
Put your baby to sleep on its back with the face up. A baby's breathing works best in this position.
Ensure your baby's face is clear of bedding and it cannot get trapped or strangled. Avoid using pillows and bumper pads; do not put baby down on soft surfaces; make sure there are no loose blankets; remove any cords from bedding; ensure there are no gaps in the bed (a cot, bassinette, wahakura or pepipod).
Your baby is safest in its own bed (a cot, bassinette, wahakura or pepipod) and in the same room as the parent/caregiver (when the parent/caregiver is also asleep). Babies should not sleep in bed with another person (either adult or child).
Your baby should be smoke free in the womb and after birth. Also make sure friends and family do not smoke around baby.
If possible, choose breastfeeding for your baby.
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