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Minna Bartley

My baby is 8 months old and sleeps in his own cot in our room. We have recently been on a holiday where the port a cot only for in a separate room and baby slept so much better. When is it safe to transition baby permanently to his own room. Guidelines say 6-12 months but this is such a huge window of time. Do I wait the full 12 months to be safest . I want to do the very safest thing , I'm quite anxious about SIDS .

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Posted a response on 6/1/20

Red Nose Education

Red Nose recognises that there are circumstances where room sharing may not be possible.

Most (90%) infant deaths occur in the first 6 months.

The following information about Room Sharing & supervision is available on Red Nose web site.

Parents are not expected to observe their baby constantly.

If your 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 babies older than 5-6 months)

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