Safe Sleep Scotland
Welcome to Safe Sleep Scotland, a new online learning hub and the education arm of the Scottish Cot Death Trust. The main aim of the site is to provide accessible and engaging information about Infant Safe Sleep and how we can help reduce the risks of SUDI.
Our vision is for the site become a useful, go-to guide for parents-to-be and families We also hope professionals, such as those in the healthcare and childcare sectors find the site a handy resource when working with expectant families and infants.
Our messages relate to the current evidence base. We frequently refer to the odds ratio (OR) of a particular factor either being associated with an increased risk of SUDI or protective and reducing the risk of a SUDI occurring.
Safe Sleep Scotland has no agenda to drive any particular message or messages. Our aim is to reduce the number of SUDIs occurring and our mission to prevent all SUDI. We aim to report statistical findings and inform people visiting the site so that they can make their own informed choices.
In basic terms if a certain factor has an odds ratio of 1 it means that the incidence of SUDI is the same with or without that factor being involved. If the odds ratio is above 1 it means that a SUDI is more likely to occur when that factor is involved. If the odds ratio is less than 1 it means that a factor protects a SUDI from happening when it is present. Of course, this is an over simplification as in the majority of SUDI many different factors have their own individual and combined effects on the likelihood or not of a SUDI happening.
We have designed Safe Sleep Scotland to be effective as either a quick glance reference point or a more thorough e-learning tool. No matter how you use the site, we hope find it useful. Please let us know what you think and feel free to visit the Scottish Cot Death Trust website for more information on support, research, and ways to get involved with the charity.
Keep me safe by…
For the first six months, the safest place for me to sleep is in my own sleep space in the same room as you for every sleep.
Clear my cot – no teddies, pillows, cot bumpers – just me!
On my back to sleep
Tuck me in with blankets under my arms
Check the room temperature when I’m asleep.
If I use a dummy or am swaddled, I need this for every sleep, day or night.
Feed me breast milk if you can.Find Out More
Avoid these things…
Reduce the risk by avoiding these things.
Don’t smoke when pregnant and keep my home and car smoke free
Never fall asleep with me on a sofa or armchair
Avoid letting me sleep in your bed. I am safest in my own sleep space.
Don’t leave me in my car seat when I am not travelling
Don’t let me sleep when I am not lying on a flat surface or where the space around my face is not clear.