Northern Ireland’s department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has issued new advice on reducing the risks of cot death.
The guidance, printed in the form of a leaflet, will be handed to all first-time mothers in Northern Ireland.
Acting chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Elizabeth Mitchell said that while most people knew it was better to place a baby on its back when it is sleeping, they were still unaware that falling asleep with a baby in bed, chair or sofa could increase the risk of cot death.
The new guidance also offers information about the use of dummies and breastfeeding to help reduce cot death risks.
Joyce Epstein, director of the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, welcomed the new leaflet.
She said: ‘The leaflet gives important new information to parents on safe infant care, and reinforces existing guidelines which parents should continue to follow.’