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I will be expecting twins later this year. In my bedroom I have enough space for only 1 cot and would like to have the babies in the same room as me. In my case, would you suggest I put both babies in the same cot, or would I be best to have 2 bassinets or portacots , (which one is safest of the 2?), in my room so they have a separate sleeping space?

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Posted a response on 15/2/21

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Red Nose has the following information about co-bedding twins.
Occasionally twins share the same cot in hospital in the first few weeks of life while in the care of health professionals and monitored
Research has shown that the safest way to sleep twins in the home is in their own safe sleeping place (cot, portable cot) in the parents’ room for the first 6-12 months

Sometimes twin babies are in temporary situations, such as while visiting or travelling, when separate cots are not possible. If twins must share the same sleep space, a cot is the most suitable, do not use bedding (such as sheets and blankets) and place them at opposite ends of the cot. An infant sleeping bag used for each baby may be useful in this situation.

When the babies have reached the age where they can move freely around the cot, they must be placed in separate cots.


There are no Mandatory Standards for bassinets in Australia.
Also, a bassinet can only be used for a short period of time - once baby is attempting to roll baby needs to be moved from bassinet.


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