Protecting Babies

All Babies Cry
Crying is part of a baby’s language. Crying is normal, but can be hard to cope with. Lots of babies don’t cry very much in the first few days after birth, so it can feel a shock when the crying increases.   For more information including useful advice and tips, go to the Just One Norfolk Website.

Safer Sleeping
Sleep is a really important for your baby’s growth and development. It takes a while to understand a new baby’s sleep pattern and this is different for all babies. Establishing sleep patterns in the first few months will help your baby settle and self soothe.

Getting into sleep routines can be difficult when you have a new baby or are tired yourself. Sometimes the easiest options about where and how your baby falls asleep can put them at risk.

Safer sleep guidelines are really important to help keep your baby safe. If you’re away from home or out of routine over the Festive season, make sure you plan ahead for your babies’ sleeping arrangements. Don’t take risks, and never share a bed with your baby if you’ve had any alcohol. It is recommended that babies should sleep in their own cot, crib or pram for the first six months.

This local campaign continues the work to promote Safer Sleep to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as cot death. There are some simple things that parents can do to help keep a baby safe whilst sleeping; these easy to remember guidelines are a great place to start:

  • Put babies on their back to sleep
  • Make sure babies have their own clear, flat space to sleep in
  • If you’re considering co-sleeping, speak to a health professional for advice
  • Keep babies in a smoke free environment

Watch this video for safer sleeping advice for young babies

For more information and videos on Safer Sleeping which highlight the risks of changing routines, alcohol consumption and over tiredness leading to risks being taken in babies’ sleeping arrangements, go to the Just One Norfolk website.

You can also call 0300 3000 123 for support from Just One Number. In emergencies always call 999.

Other Resources

  • Me, You and Baby Too is an online programme designed to help expectant and new parents cope better with the relationship changes they may experience when a baby arrives

Protecting Babies Resources for Professionals