Parents learn safe sleeping

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NEW parents were reminded of how to ensure their babies sleep safely at an information event organised in Sheffield to reduce the risk of sudden infant death.

Representatives from NHS Sheffield, Sheffield Council and the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths came together outside the Town Hall to demonstrate the correct way of putting a baby to bed.

Using Moses baskets and cribs - on loan from Rascal Babies in Furnival Gate - they showed how babies are at less risk of sudden unexpected death if a few steps are followed.

The event was organised as part of the Safe Sleep campaign, set up as one element of Sheffield’s Infant Mortality Strategy to tackle the alarming news the city has an infant mortality rate twice the national average. The campaign will involve raising public awareness and carrying out professional training with the aim of bringing the rate below the national average by 2020.