First of all, to prevent cot death, put your baby down to sleep on their back. And never smoke around your baby.
Research demonstrates there has been a distinct fall in the number of cot deaths in countries with a ‘back to sleep’ campaign.
But despite the reduction in incidence, SIDS still accounts for the deaths of more babies between the ages of one month and one year than any other cause, claiming approximately 45 infants in New Zealand every year. The peak incidence is between the ages of two months and four months. (Source: www.sids.org.nz)
Prevention of cot death You can prevent cot death by:
• Putting your baby to sleep on their back.
• Not smoking during pregnancy and not subjecting your baby to smoke after they have been born. The risk of cot death is two to three times higher if the baby is subjected to cigarette smoke.
• Making sure the baby is not too hot when sleeping. Babies need to sleep in a cool room and not wear too many clothes. Undress babies if they are running a temperature.
Other things that may help include breastfeeding your baby, not letting your baby sleep in your bed (especially if you or your partner smoke or have been drinking alcohol), avoiding alcohol and drugs during pregnancy, keeping soft objects, such as pillows or toys, out of your baby's cot and sleeping baby on a firm mattress.
When awake some tummy time is great It is alright to have your baby lie on their tummy while they are awake; in fact it’s extremely beneficial and necessary for their development.
Supervise your baby, make it fun, and if they fall asleep on their tummy, gently turn them over onto their back.