Room sharing reduces the risk of SIDS, SUDI and fatal sleep accidents during day-time and night-time sleeps.
Room sharing with a baby has been shown to reduce the risk of sudden unexpected infant death. Red Nose therefore recommends sleeping with a baby in a cot next to the parents’ bed for the first six to twelve months of life.
- Parents are advised to share the same room as their baby during the first 6-12 months of life as this practice reduces risk of sudden infant death.
- Placing a baby in the supine position and keeping them under supervision is equally important for night-time and day-time sleeps.
- Room sharing is recommended for all babies, although the room where baby sleeps should be kept smoke free.
- Parents who are smokers are encouraged to room share (but not share the same sleep surface), as long as the room that baby sleeps in is kept smoke-free.
- Safety of the baby’s sleep environment is a priority over sharing the same room as the baby for daytime sleeps
- Parents are not expected to observe baby constantly. If baby is sleeping in a separate room check baby regularly to ensure that the baby remains on the back and the head and face remain uncovered (as baby grows beyond 5-6 months they will move around the cot and roll over; settle baby to sleep on their back but let them find the sleep position they feel most comfortable in. A safe cot and safe sleep environment is still necessary for older babies).
For further in depth information on this topic, see our Red Nose Information Statement Room Sharing With Baby.
Last modified: 21/9/17