Bed-sharing for babies is a killer
by the sleep team
Babies who share a bed with another person, are five times more likely to die, from sudden infant death syndrome.
Babies can be comforted in bed and fed, but must be put to their own cot to sleep. It has been recently reported in the United kingdom that more than a third of cot deaths are from bed-sharing.
Falling to sleep in arm-chairs and lounges, whilst cuddling or feeding a baby, is also a huge risk and possibly worse than having a baby in bed with you to sleep. Unfortunately people are still willing to take such risks.
The Royal College of Midwives states: “Our core message remains that the safest place for a baby to sleep for the first six months is in a crib or cot in the same room as a parent or carer.”