Co-Sleeping

Co-Sleeping

Co-Sleeping

The Department of Health’s recommendation is that the safest place for your baby to sleep in the first six months is in a cot in your room. However, although most parents don’t plan to sleep with their baby, around half of all mums in the UK do so at some time in the first few months after birth. Sleeping in the same bed as your baby is called co-sleeping or bed sharing.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated its recommendations about co-sleeping in December 2014 and confirmed that although Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is rare, it does happen more often when parents or carers sleep with a baby (on a bed, sofa or chair).

The NICE guidance doesn’t distinguish between co-sleeping on sofas or chairs and bed-sharing although there is evidence that it is more dangerous to fall asleep with a baby on a sofa or chair.

The guidance also confirmed that the link between SIDS and co-sleeping is greater if either parent smokes, and may be greater if parents or carers have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs that affect their awareness.

The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you. 

Here’s a link to some very useful information and a short video

Below are links to information leaflets which may help you:

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/fact-sheet-bedsharing.pdf

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/safer-sleep-for-parents.pdf

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/easy-read-card-english.pdf