As your baby will probably spend a great deal of time in his/her cot, there are a few things you can do to make their sleeping environment safer and help prevent SIDS/SUDI. Mattress WrappingBumpers and PillowsPositional Aids/Anti-Rolling AidsMattress Wrapping
It was once suggested that wrapping a mattress was an excellent way to prevent SIDS. The theory was that mattresses emitted toxic gases, unknowingly to parents, and these were potent enough to affect a baby. Since then, scientific research
has been carried out worldwide to either prove or disprove this theory and the overwhelming results have shown that there is, indeed, no evidence to support a connection between wrapping mattresses and the prevention of SIDS.Bumpers and Pillows
Cot bumpers and pillows can be extremely stylish and cute as well as being surprisingly common. However, it is advised
that parents not use these in their baby's cot. Equipment such as these, as well as loose blankets and toys, can become tangled up in the cot and around your baby, reducing the flow of oxygen. Some theories suggest that the constant rebreathing of carbon dioxide in babies is a factor in the incidence of SIDS/SUDI.Positional Aids/Anti-Rolling Aids
When a baby begins rolling, some parents may decide to buy a positional aid such as an anti-roll pillow to help keep their baby on its back. However, these aids are not recommended
as incorrect use can lead to death in infants. Babies can roll in an incorrectly set-up positional aid and be caught in a position which prevents a proper intake of air. If they are not strong enough to pull themselves out of this, or unable to turn their heads, it can be potentially fatal.