Like all parents, you want to make sure you do everything to keep your baby safe. Sadly, about 300 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in the UK. These sudden and unexplained deaths are known as sudden infant death syndrome, also known as cot death.

The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths has been running a campaign to help parents reduce the risk of cot death, and has succeeded in reducing the number of deaths by half over the last 15 years. Their website ( contains detailed and helpful advice.

Here is a summary of the key steps you should take to reduce the risk: