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Can my baby sleep with me?

The safest place for your baby to sleep is in a cot in your room for the first six months. You should not share a bed with your baby if:

  • your baby was born premature, was small at birth or is under three months old
  • you or your partner are smokers (no matter where or when you smoke)
  • you have been drinking alcohol
  • you take medication or drugs that make you feel drowsy
  • you feel overly tired.

The risk of cot death is significantly increased in these cases. Even if you don’t smoke while your baby is in bed with you, he or she is still at greater risk of cot death.

For more information on safe sleeping, including a video, see the information provided by the Lullaby Trust


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