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.
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.