Illustration of mum and baby sharing a room

Sharing a room with your baby

Give your baby a clear, safe sleep space, in the same room as you.

For most babies, a clear sleep space will mean a cot or a Moses basket which are designed to keep babies safe.

  • Babies should always be in the same room as you for the first six months for sleep, day and night. This doesn’t mean you can’t leave the room to make a cup of tea or go to the toilet, but for most of the time when they are sleeping they are safest if you are close by

Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair 

Sofas and armchairs are dangerous places to fall asleep with your baby – move somewhere safer it you might fall asleep.

Reason: the risk of SIDS is 50 times higher for babies when they sleep on a sofa or armchair with an adult. They are also at risk of accidental death as they can easily slip into a position where they are trapped and can’t breathe.

Any time you think you might fall asleep with your baby, make sure they are on their back in a clear, safe space.

The chance of SIDS is lower when babies sleep in a room with an adult than when they sleep alone.