Putting your baby to bed in a safe place and in a safe way will reduce their risk of sleeping accidents or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Amber teething necklaces and bracelets have been found to break into small parts and can be a choking risk to children. There is not a lot of evidence to show they reduce teething pain. If you choose to use them, always remove the necklace or bracelet when your baby is alone, including at sleep times.
Give your baby time on their tummy every day from birth. Stay close to your baby to turn them back over when they get upset. Your baby may not be able to stay on their tummy for long in the beginning, but they will get used to it with time. Tummy time helps your baby’s brain and muscle development and prevents your baby from getting a flat spot on their head. Babies should not be put to bed on their tummy.
Putting your baby to sleep on an incline may cause their head to flex forward and block their airway. This can happen in bouncers, swings, prams and car seats, especially if babies have been left in the semi-reclined position for a long time. Once the car trip is over, remove babies from car seats and capsules, even if it means waking them.
More information on how to reduce the risk of SUDI and putting your baby to sleep safely is available at rednose.org.au