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Tips on Safe Sleeping

- June 16, 2016

June is the month when the weather is cooler. We are tempted to have heaters in bedrooms and extra layers in cots and beds.

As tempting as it is to have heaters on, its important to reduce temperature controls or set the heater to switch off after a certain time.

Warming a bedroom before settling infants / toddlers / children and adults is OK but you should turn the heater off when its bedtime.

Doonas are not recommended for infants and toddlers, as they may wriggle under them. Instead, put layers of clothing and a sleeping bag on infants, which will keep them warm and reduce sleep hazards.

An important reminder is to never put decorative bumpers, stuffed toys or pillows in bassinets, cribs or cots.

June is a common time for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Red Nose Day Australia is on the 24th June to remind us all to provide safe sleeping places for infants, toddlers and children.

The SIDS and Kids website has some great practical information in regards to safe sleeping and safe ways to make up a cot in the cooler months.

http://www.sidsandkids.org/

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