Becoming a parent for the first time can be rather daunting, there’s a lot of information to learn and everyone has an opinion on the way you should or shouldn’t do things.
But if there’s one person whose opinion could prove worth listening to it’s Christina Axton.
Christina is the MD of children’s charity Multiple Milestones, a former Norland Nanny and a fully qualified maternity nurse who works full-time on a neonatal intensive care ward.
So it’s safe to say, she knows her stuff when it comes to babies.
She recently spoke to Fabulous about keeping babies safe at home and shared her top tips to avoid hazards – including when they sleep.
And it turns out there’s a correct way to place your little ones in their moses basket or cot.
Speaking to the publication, Christina said that figuring out ‘safe sleeping’ is one of the biggest challenges for parents with a newborn.
She advises: “When placing your baby to sleep make sure they are in your room with you in a cot or moses basket, always place them on their back with no toys or loose bedding.
“They should be placed with their feet at the bottom of the basket/cot.
“Use cellular or muslin blankets and tuck them in snuggly around your baby, and avoid using any positioning aids.”
And when it comes to their bedroom, the temperature also needs to be just right.
Christina adds: “Bedroom temperature is very important – it should be between 16-20 degrees Celsius.
“Buying a reliable room thermometer will help you maintain a safe room temperature.”
For further advice, the expert recommends a visit to the Lullaby Trust website as they have lots of information on safe sleeping.
Their website states: “You should always place your baby on their back to sleep and not on their front or side.
“Sleeping your baby on their back (known as the supine position) every night is one of the most protective actions you can take to ensure your baby is sleeping as safely as possible.
“There is substantial evidence from around the world to show that sleeping your baby on their back at the beginning of every sleep or nap (day and night) significantly reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).”
Do you have any advice for new mums? Share your tips in the comments below.