Throughout history, parents have used a wide range of items which they feel (or they are told) will benefit their babies’ sleep. In recent years products that are designed to 'promote infant sleep' have proliferated. Some of these products or sleep-aids have also become linked with increasing or decreasing babies' risk of SIDS, or otherwise affecting babies' health. There is no independent research evidence relating to most of these products.
In this section we summarise the research evidence currently available regarding some of the most commonly used and recommended sleep aids or products: dummies (or pacifiers), swaddling, baby sleep bags, slings, and bed-side cribs/cots.