As highlighted in our animated clip below, Safer Sleep for Baby focusses on six easy to follow steps which you can follow any time you put your baby down to sleep.

Step 1: Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth. If either you or your partner smokes, never share a bed with your baby.
Step 2: Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep. Never fall asleep with baby on a sofa or chair; this can increase the risk of death by 50%.
Step 3: Never fall asleep with baby after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, including medications that may make you drowsy.
Step 4: Put baby to sleep on their back with thier feet to the foot of the cot.
Step 5: Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot. The room they sleep in should be between 16-20 degrees Celsius.
Step 6: Breastfeed your baby. Support is available if you need it.

Our original Safer Sleep animation provides some useful advice in the form of a short 2-minute clip.

Play the clip on this page or access it on YouTube here

Useful Tip: The animation can be expanded to fill the screen by clicking the ‘fullscreen’ icon located in the bottom-right corner.

All of the above Safer Sleep resources are made available for parents, carers and professionals to download.

Professionals should consider printing copies where possible to share with families during contact sessions and to display in public areas to help raise the awareness of the Safer Sleep messages.

Useful Note: Our Six Steps to Safer Sleep poster (Poster #4) is also available in the following languages: English, Polish, Punjabi, Arabic, Urdu, Romanian, Bulgarian, Kurdish and also includes a Visually Impaired version.

Our Safer Sleep – Advice for Grandparents has been issued as an extension of the LSCB “Safer Sleep for Baby” campaign.¬† We recognise that grandparents play a key role in caring for their grandchildren and want to ensure the key messages are accessible in order to:

  • Enable grandparents to support their own children in following the advice in order to provide the safest sleep arrangements as possible;
  • Encourage grandparents to follow the advice when caring for their grandchild; and
  • Highlight current and up-to-date safety advice for caring for babies, which has changed over decades and generations.

Below you will find a leaflet and poster containing our Safer Sleep information and guidance for grandparents:


If you are a grandparent and would like further advice, you should speak to your son or daughter who can seek advice from their Health Visitor.¬† Grandparents may also be interested in the ‘Sleep Interrupted – Grandparents’ video below.


If your child is invited to a sleepover, you will want them to be safe, both in general and in the event of a fire.

Before you agree to a sleepover, here is some guidance from our colleagues at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service that may help.

The following videos have been produced by LTHTR and LMS colleagues to cover different scenarios when the normal sleep routine is interrupted such as when the family is on holiday or parents have had a night out.  The six videos available include: 1) Safer Sleep РSofa or Armchair; 2) Safer Sleep РNight out; 3) Safer Sleep РHoliday and Temporary Accommodation; 4) Safer Sleep РGrandparents; 5) Safer Sleep РChild with complex health needs and 6) Safer Sleep РCar Seat.

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If you would like further information or would like to order any of the Safer Sleep materials highlighted above, please contact the CDOP Team using the Enquiry Form on the main CDOP page or by calling 01772 530329.