Safer Sleeping Guidance
Guidance on baby sleeping bags:
You may have seen stories in the news recently about unsafe baby sleep bags. While these reports are worrying, please be assured that this doesn’t mean all products of this type are dangerous. If you buy a baby sleep bag, or any product for a baby in your care, please check to see if it has a British Standard which should be clearly marked on the product or manufacturer’s guidance. Some products bought online or on marketplaces may not have these. While a British Standard does not mean that a product helps to reduce SIDS, it can guarantee a certain level of safe.
Please also read this article from Which? that explains specifically the sleeping bags that were found to be unsafe and some recommendations for sleeping bags that passed all safety tests. Please ensure that you check that any sleeping bags you are using are NOT included on the unsafe list and that they have the British Standard mark and if you are purchasing a sleeping bag refer to the recommended brands that passed all tests.
For more information on how to choose the safest sleep products for a baby in your care, you can download the Lullaby Trust Product Guide.
Guidance on cot mobiles:
Our current Polaris Safer Sleeping Procedure states that the cot must be kept clear and free of all toys. If you have a cot mobile the advice from the Lullaby Trust regarding the use of mobiles is to keep them well out of reach of the baby and ensure you follow the manufacturers guidance and fit them correctly. As soon as the baby can reach/grab/roll over, remove and discontinue use immediately.
Many thanks for reading and implementing this guidance. If you have any queries or questions please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0800 5877 791 or firstname.lastname@example.org