Midwives at Airedale General Hospital and Bradford Teaching Hospitals are providing room thermometers to parents when they leave with their newborns.

New parents will be given room thermometers as part of an initiative aimed at helping them ensure their baby’s safety during the winter months.

Judging the room temperature can be challenging, and families with newborns can use the provided room thermometer in the baby’s sleeping area.

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, is distributing free room thermometers to new parents. Midwives hand these over at discharge, providing an explanation of how to use them. Parents can seek advice on using the thermometer and safe sleep practices from their midwife or health visitor.

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.”

For trusted information and access to services like Hope 4 U, offering free financial advice to pregnant women and families with newborns, visit www.costoflivingbradford.co.uk. The website also provides information on government support, energy and bills, food resources, housing support, debt and gambling, savings, scams, and safeguarding.