The number of babies dying suddenly and unexpectedly has reduced dramatically in Australia. Research suggests that to a large extent, this is due to parents placing their babies to sleep on their back, rather than on their side or tummy.
Despite this dramatic decrease, the current trend both in Australia and overseas shows an increase in deaths associated with babies in unsafe sleeping environments – these are commonly termed ‘fatal sleeping accidents’.
Infants are not able to control their own sleeping environment – they are reliant on adults to help keep them safe. For more information on setting up a safe sleeping environment, safe wrapping, tummy time and the transition from cot to bed, please view some resources below and visit our friends at Red Nose.