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6/9/18

Jessica

Hi, Is there a recommended age to have your baby sleeping in their own cot but in the parent's bedroom, to reduce the risk of SUDI?

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Posted a response on 6/9/18

Red Nose

Research has shown that sleeping baby in the same room, but not in the same bed, with the parents in the first six to twelve months of life reduces baby’s risk of SUDI. The protective effect of room sharing can be partially explained by increased adult supervision and observation of the baby This protective effect does not work if the baby is in the room with other children, probably because the children do not know if the baby is safe or not. Research also shows that sharing the same room during baby’s daytime sleeps is protective. A bassinette or portable cot which has been specifically designed as an infant sleeping environment can be used for daytime sleeps and moved from room to room for adult supervision. If this is not possible, safety of the baby’s sleep environment should be viewed as a priority over sharing the same room as baby for daytime sleeps.

For more information please see: https://rednose.com.au/article/what-steps-can-i-take-to-sleep-my-baby-safely

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