Sleep safe advice is given to parents

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HEALTH visitors have advised parents to plan where their baby will sleep if travelling to friend or family’s house over Christmas.

The warning comes as a reminder of the impact of sudden and unexplained death of a baby – also known as cot death – where no cause is found.

Kate Slater, modern matron for Solent NHS Trust, which provides community health services in Portsmouth, said: ‘When we travel to friends and family this festive season it’s important to remember to act as if you were at home and follow safe sleeping advice wherever you are.’

Safe sleeping guidance includes placing your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months; using a firm, flat, waterproof mattress; placing your baby on their back to sleep; keeping your baby smoke-free; and breastfeeding if you can.

Things to avoid include not sleeping in the same bed as your baby and falling asleep with them in an armchair or sofa and not letting the baby get too hot or cover their head.