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17/9/18

Kj_storm

I have severe sleep apnoea and use a cpap machine. Do you still recommend newborns sleeping in the same room for the first 6 months. Im concerned that my apnoea will keep the newborn awake.

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Posted a response on 18/9/18

Red Nose

Red Nose does recommend Room Sharing for the first 6 - 12 months.

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)

The protective effect of room sharing can be partially explained by increased adult supervision and observation of the baby.

Have a look at our full Information Statement here: https://rednose.com.au/article/room-sharing-with-baby

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