Create a safe baby sleep environment

A safe baby sleep environment is crucial to reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome, also called cot death or crib death).

Sleeping safely also protects your baby from injuries and ensures the best sleep.

Thanks to the clear guidelines gathered below, it is easy to put your little one to bed safely.

As a parent, your child's safety is a priority for life you took up when you first held your baby. Or probably even when you realized you were pregnant.

In any case it is a great responsibility that we do not take lightly. Fear or panic never help though. The best way to go about your family's safety is with realistic concern and common sense.

Note: All guidelines on these pages are based on international health and safety regulations from reports by governments, health and sleep research associations.

A safe bed ...

A safe crib:
  • is the first step towards SIDS risk reduction
  • keeps your little one from falling out of bed and getting injured
  • allows for the best sleep for your baby
When looking for a safe baby sleep place, remember to follow these crib safety guidelines.

Reducing the risk of SIDS

SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, is the cruelest thing that can happen to a newborn. It is defined as the unexpected and unexplained death of a baby during her first year.

Cot death and crib death are two terms referring to the same syndrome.

Thanks to clear and effective guidelines, the number of cot deaths has decreased significantly over the past decades.

What we can do? It is important to know what SIDS is and what the guidelines for preventing SIDS are. These include important notes on smoking and SIDS and info on the recommended sleeping position. This allows to reduce the risk of SIDS as much as possible.

Baby monitors

A monitor can be a good help towards safe baby sleep. It allows you to check on your baby without walking into her room. That means, without waking her up unnecessarily from that precious sleep.

Whether to use a monitor or not, is a very individual choice. Some parents can't imagine doing without, others simply don't see the use.

All depends on how you prefer to keep an eye your child(ren) and on the set-up of your house - who sleeps where and how far from each other ...

It's good to keep in mind that a monitor is just a thing, it is not capable of judging and can fail. So there is one rule of thumb:

No monitor can ever replace a person
checking on the baby.

There are different types of monitors:
  • Audio monitor
The classic original type that allows you to hear when your child wakes up and cries. With some, it is possible to hear her breathing, which is a check we so often want to do.
  • Video monitor
With a video option you can actually see what your little one is up to. This can be interesting and allows for a good check without needing to walk into the room.
  • SIDS monitor
A SIDS, movement or breathing monitor, can alarm you when it does not detect breathing on your baby.

Opinions differ widely on this one as it can have parents worry unnecessarily and is not 100% fail-proof.

It is sometimes advised for higher-risk babies.

See the monitor overview for full details and recommendations for each type.

Creating a safe baby sleep environment is not difficult. A few simple gestures and habits can make all the difference and ensure safe nights for your precious little boy or girl.