If you’re going to be a mother, you need to know about SIDS. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome kills more healthy babies between the ages of birth and one year than any other cause, so knowing everything about it, and how to prevent it, is critical.

No one knows quite what causes SIDS, although there are plenty of theories. One of the most plausible is suffocation. Babies who sleep on their stomachs and sides, who are too small to realize that they can’t breathe, or too small to move, simply suffocate in their sleep.

Which is why all the SIDS advice say that you should try to make sure that your baby always sleeps on her back. Get a sleep positioned to make sure he/she stays that way. Also make sure that blankets, duvets  and sheets reach no higher than the shoulders, or invest in a baby sleeping bag, that prevents the possibility of blankets suffocating your  child.

Not smoking near your child is of course a given, and avoiding cot bumpers, which could also suffocate your child, is also recommended.