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Being a new parent is an exciting and challenging time.
It is normal for your baby to wake several times at night for a feed.
The Department of Health recommend that the safest place for your baby to sleep is on its back in a cot next to the parents’ bed.
Take a minute to check if either you or your partner have any of these risk factors
Do either of you smoke?
Have either of you consumed alcohol?
Have either of you taken medication or drugs that affect sleep pattern?
Are either of you tired affecting your ability to respond to baby?
Do you have an illness affecting your responses?
Is your baby premature or of low birth weight?
If you can confidently answer NO to these questions and you are exclusively breastfeeding there is some evidence to suggest that sharing a bed with your baby may prolong the time that you continue to breastfeed your baby.
If you answer YES to any of the questions and are formula feeding, sharing a bed with your baby significantly increases the risk of cot death.
NEVER FALL ASLEEP ON A SOFA WITH YOUR BABY AS THIS IS 10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO RESULT IN COT DEATH
If your circumstances change in anyway please review the above safe sleeping advice.
Speak to your midwife/ health visitor if you have any concerns about bed sharing and look for the pathway in your parent child health records (red book)
The advice is relevant for all sleeping periods not just night time sleep
Babies need just a few basic items for sleep: a firm flat surface and some bedding. New parents now have a massive range of baby products to choose from and it can be really confusing to know what is needed. The advice is simple: the safest cot is a clear cot.
There is evidence to suggest that babies are at higher risk of SIDS if they have their heads covered and some items added to a cot may increase the risk of head-covering. Unnecessary items in a baby’s cot can also increase the risk of accidents. Make sure that any product you use meets the relevant British safety standard. Whilst evidence on individual items is not widely available, it makes sense to be as cautious as possible. We therefore recommend babies are slept in cots that are kept as clear as possible and specifically advise:
We cannot comment on individual products, but would advise parents to read the safety advice when making choices.