The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first 6 months is in a cot in the same room as you.
Information about co-sleeping
It is especially important not to share a bed with your baby if you or your partner:
- Are smokers (even if you never smoke in bed)
- Have recently drunk alcohol
- Have taken medication that would cause you to become drowsy or sleep more heavily
- Your baby was born prematurely (before 37 weeks)
- Your baby had a low birth weight of less than 2.5kg
The best sleeping position for your baby is on their back with their feet at the bottom of the cot. The mattress should be firm and flat and fit the cot/moses basket properly.
- To remove any soft toys prior to baby going to sleep
- Avoid using bulky bedding
- Pillows and duvets are not recommended for babies
- Cot bumpers should not be used as they can pose a safety risk to your baby
The lullabytrust.org.uk has lots of information on safe sleeping.