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Midwives on maternity wards at Airedale General Hospital and Bradford Teaching Hospitals are gifting parents’ room thermometers when they take their baby home.

New parents will receive a room thermometers as part of an initiative to help parents keep their baby safe in the cold weather this winter.

It can be difficult to judge the temperature in the room, so families with new babies can use a room thermometer in the room where their baby sleeps.

Abbie Wild, Best 1001 Days Programme Manager at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “Congratulations to all the parents having, or expecting, babies over the Christmas period. A new addition to the family is so special but with the rising cost of living we know some families are concerned about how to keep their babies warm this winter.

The Best 1001 Days programme in collaboration with Bradford Council are providing the free room thermometers to new parents. Midwives hand these to new parents or carers at discharge along with an explanation of how to use it. People can ask their midwife or health visitor for advice on using the thermometer and safe sleep best practice.

Caroline Lamb, Parent Education Midwife at Bradford Teaching Hospitals, said: “To keep you baby comfortable and safe while they sleep the ideal room temperature is 16-20°C, with light bedding or a lightweight, well-fitting baby sleep bag.”

A baby becoming too hot can increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – sometimes known as cot death.

Clare Cummings, Parent Education Midwife at Airedale Hospital, added: “It’s tempting to put a hat on your baby indoors, but this increases the risk of them becoming too hot as their head is key to maintaining their body temperature by releasing heat. This initiative is really welcomed on the maternity wards as it is vital that families are aware of safer sleep advice, no matter their circumstances.”

Visit www.costoflivingbradford.co.uk for trusted information and signposting to services such as Hope 4 U, which offers free financial advice to pregnant women and families with new babies. The website also includes information about government support, energy and bills, food resources, housing support, debt and gambling, savings, scams and safeguarding.

For more information and advice on safe sleep for your baby watch this video from local parent education teams: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMPI1NDkHoc.