Safe sleeping in cots for babies tips can help parents minimize the risks. When it comes to children, there is no such thing as a completely safe sleeping environment.

How do you know what’s safest? Unfortunately, there is still some conflicting evidence around some safe sleeping claims, forcing families to make decisions based on an individual assessment of the available evidence. However, many experts agree on certain strategies for making cots safer for newborns and babies up to 12 months old.

The key message is ensuring babies are placed on their backs in their own cot or bassinette, next to the parent’s bed for the first six months.

The cot should be free of pillows, doonas, loose sheets, and toys that could cause suffocation or strangulation if they become wrapped around a baby’s head. It should also be clear of anything else in the bed, such as quilts and electric blankets, as these can contribute to increased risks for SIDS and suffocation.