Safer Sleep

shutterstock 279239753Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), which used to be called 'cot death', is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. Although SIDS is rare, it still accounts for a small but significant amount of deaths among babies and infants across the UK every year. Every one of these deaths is a tragic and unexpected loss for a family.

Although there is no clear cause or explanation for why SIDS happens, research has identified a simple set of key messages for parents and carers that may help reduce the risk of it happening to their baby.

This advice should be followed at all nap times, not just overnight sleeps:


More Information for Parents

The Lullaby Trust is a national charity that provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep and raises awareness on sudden infant death.

For links to download all of The Lullaby Trust free resources and translations of the Easy Read Card into languages other than English, visit The Lullaby Trust publications page on their website.


The Lullaby Trust charity also has its own local group in Suffolk, that fundraises and raises awareness. They have a dedicated ‘befriender’ who can offer support to a family if they sadly experience SIDS. You can read about what the Suffolk Lullaby Trust Group are doing locally on their website.


Our LSCB Bereavement Directory also has lots of information about other organisations that can help families if they have experienced a bereavement.


Further Information

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