Some parents choose to co-sleep with their babies. This means that their baby shares the same adult bed for most of the night. This is in addition to the baby being comforted or fed. Here is our advice on co-sleeping with your baby more safely.
Co-sleeping with your baby more safely – if you choose to share a bed with your baby:
Our advice for co-sleeping with your baby more safely. Ensure there are no pillows, sheets, blankets or any other items in the bed with you. These could obstruct your baby’s breathing or cause them to overheat. A high proportion of infants who die as a result of SIDS are found with their head covered by loose bedding.
It is important to know that sharing a bed with your baby is dangerous:
- If you or your partner smokes (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).
Never co-sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair. This can increase the risk of SIDS by up to 50 times. If you feel like you may fall asleep on the sofa or in a chair put your baby down in a safe place such as a cot or Moses basket.
Finally, your baby should sleep in the same room with you for the first 6 months.
If you have any questions or queries about safer sleep and co-sleeping, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more information about sleeping your baby safely and reducing the risk of SIDS on our safer sleep for babies advice pages.
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