Some parents choose to sleep in the same bed as their baby. Bed sharing increases the risk of SIDS, so if you choose to co-sleep with your baby, follow all of the advice above and the specific guidelines below to make it as safe as possible.
- Don’t share your bed if you or your partner smoke, even if you don’t smoke in the room you’re sleeping in
- Don’t share your bed if you or your partner have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs, including medication that might make you drowsy
- Don’t share your bed with your baby if you’re very tired
- Don’t put your baby’s head on a pillow
- Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
- Keep your baby’s head uncovered with their blanket tucked in no higher than their shoulders: a baby sleeping bag would be the best cover for them to use so that their head cannot slip and become covered.
- Keep all adult pillows, duvets etc away from your baby and ensure that nothing could cover their head or allow them to overheat.
- Do not allow any pets or other children to also share the bed.
- Do not share a bed if your baby was born premature or is very small.
- Make sure your baby cannot fall out or get trapped between the bed and the wall.
- Never sleep on a sofa or armchair with your baby, this can increase the risk of SIDS by over 50 times.
- If you feel you may fall asleep while breastfeeding, prepare the bed as described above to ensure it's a safe place should you fall asleep.