Babies need a lot of sleep, and where they get that sleep is very important. The biggest message to remember is this:
The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first six months is in a cot or Moses basket in a room with you.
This applies for day and night time sleeps.
It’s really dangerous to sleep together with a baby on a sofa or armchair, and it is also risky to sleep a baby alone in, or on, an adult bed.
Sharing a bed with your baby can increase the chance of SIDS under some particular circumstances:
- If you or your partner are a smoker (even if you never smoke in bed or at home).
- If you or your partner have been drinking alcohol.
- If you or your partner take medication or drugs that make you drowsy.
- If your baby was premature (born before 37 weeks).
- If your baby was low birth weight (less than 2.5kg or 5.5lb).
Even if none of the above factors apply to you, the safest place for your baby to sleep is still their own cot or Moses basket, in the room with you.
If you choose to share a bed
If you do choose to share a bed with your baby for feeding or cuddles:
- Ensure you keep your baby away from the pillows.
- Ensure your baby cannot fall out of bed or become trapped between the mattress and the wall.
- Ensure the bedclothes cannot cover your baby’s face.
- Ensure you are not at risk of falling asleep (if you are especially tired).
For more information or to discuss any of the above, give our Information and Advice line a call on 0808 802 6869.