Sleeping twins in the same safe cot

While sleeping a baby in their own safe cot is always the safest option, Red Nose recognise that this is not always possible, especially if you have twins.

co-bedding twins
How to position twins in the same cot

Sleeping twins in the same safe cot (known as “co-bedding”) is dangerous if one part of the body of one twin were able to accidentally cover the face of the other, causing an interference with breathing. There is a risk that this can happen if the twins are sleeping side-by-side.

So what can you do to minimise your risks?

Red Nose Australia recommends:

  • Place the babies’ head to head, at opposite ends of the cot (see diagram)
  • Never place the baby in the cot with any other children
  • Do not use bedding. Safe alternatives to bedding include wrapping the babies separately until they show signs of being able to roll over
  • Sleep the babies in separate safe infant sleeping bags
  • Follow the six safe sleep recommendations
  • Babies must be slept separately when they show signs of being able to move around in the cot.

Want to know more? See our co-bedding information statement here.

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