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Bradford Royal Infirmary has taken delivery of a new addition to its maternity wards as the Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week (13-19 March) gets underway.

The hospital, part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has become one of the first in the country to introduce revolutionary, bedside ‘co-sleeper’ cots to its Women and Newborn Unit.

The eco-friendly, state-of-the-art ‘Babybay’ cots are part of the Trust’s continued campaign around enhancing safety and care for its newborns.

Sam Britton, Midwife and Infant Feeding Advisor (pictured), said: “The Babybay cots have a side that drops down so that they can be pulled right up to the side of mum’s bed and locked into place. This encourages closer sleeping to mum but without any dangers associated with bringing babies into the same bed.

“When the side of the cot is raised again, the cots can be wheeled around so that mum can take baby with her as she moves around the ward such as at mealtimes etc. For security purposes, we also have an additional thin alarm which the baby is laid on and this would sound if baby was lifted out by someone else, alerting mum straightaway.

Highest ratings in health and safety

“The cots are made from beech wood which is naturally anti-bacterial and have the highest ratings in health and safety.

“This is part of our baby safe campaign where we are doing lots of work to reduce the risk of harm to babies. Not only do the cots enhance safe sleeping but they also encourage positive parenting as well as support breast-feeding. For breast-feeding mums, it is so easy just to reach for baby without getting out of bed, nurse and then soothe baby back to sleep.

“The cots are particularly great for mums who have had caesarean-sections who are unable to get out of bed easily.

“Research has also shown that co-sleeping limits night-time separation anxiety and for baby, hearing mum’s heart beat and the in and out of mum’s breath can be incredibly soothing.”

The 34 cots, which are specially designed for hospital use and cost just over £15,000, have all been funded by Bradford Hospitals Charity, our official NHS charity working to improve patient experience.

National awareness campaign

Safer Sleep Week is The Lullaby Trust’s national awareness campaign targeting anyone looking after a young baby.

From the March 13-19, The Lullaby Trust and partners aim to make sure parents in the UK know the importance of safer sleep and are aware of how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

  • Place your baby on their back to sleep, in a cot in the same room as you for the first six months.
  • Place your baby in the "feet to foot" position (with their feet at the end of the cot or Moses basket).
  • Don't smoke during pregnancy or breastfeeding and don't let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby.
  • Don't share a bed with your baby if you've been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs or you're a smoker.
  • Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair.
  • Don't let your baby get too hot or cold.
  • Keep your baby's head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.

Parents can get more information from NHS choices or by visiting http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/promotingsafebabycare

Read more about the Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week here: https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-week