If you have twins, you may like to sleep them in their own cots from birth, or you may decide to co-bed them in the early weeks and months. Please read our advice on sleeping twins safely.
We do not recommend to co-sleep twins in a Moses basket, as the basket might be too small for two babies to fit safely.
Cribs and Moses baskets are too small to co –bed twins safely as it can increase the chance of overheating, which is known to increase the risk of SIDS.
What is co-bedding?
Co-bedding is when siblings share the same sleep space during any sleep period, for example, sleeping in the same cot together.
Whether you decide to sleep your babies in the same cot or separately, the risk of SIDS can be greatly reduced if you follow all of our safer sleep advice for each baby, day and night.
How can I co-sleep my twins safely?
- Only place them side-by-side in a cot in the early weeks, your twins should not be close enough to touch each other and potentially obstruct each other’s breathing.
- If you sleep your twins at opposite ends of their cot – this means they’ll both be in the ‘feet to foot’ position with their own bedding firmly tucked in, no higher than should height.
- Once they show any signs of rolling, both babies need to be in their own, individual sleep space.
Whichever decision you make, it’s very important that you follow our safer sleep advice for both babies and day and night sleeps including:
- Sleeping both babies on their backs
- Using a firm and flat mattress that is protected by a waterproof cover
- Keeping your babies smoke free during pregnancy after birth
If you have any questions or queries about sleeping twins safely, 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.