When is it safe to let my baby sleep on his tummy?
We advise putting babies to sleep on their back in the first year of life because sleeping on their tummy has been associated with an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, once babies start to roll, they often roll over by themselves and sleep on their tummy! If your baby does this, don’t turn him back over again because as soon as you leave his room, he will probably turn right back again. Consider using a safe sleeping bag or sleep sack which may delay him rolling in the cot (crib). The best approach is to always put your baby to bed on his back, make sure his cot complies with SIDS standards (no bumpers or pillows, duvets, use a firm clean mattress, etc.), avoid over heating your baby, breast feed if possible, and do not smoke.