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Co-Sleeping

To co-sleep or not to co-sleep, that is the question. Find out what worked for these mums and their families. From the occasional night, to every single night, there are lots of ways to co-sleep. Discover the pros and the cons and decide whether it’s right for you.

Considering co-sleeping or bed sharing

The official NICE Guidelines on co-sleeping

These guidelines cover the baby’s first year of life and cover co-sleeping on a bed or in unintentional situations like in a chair. They are in place to help inform parents against the risk of SIDS (cot death). It is important for you to know that there are some circumstances in which sharing a bed with a baby can be very dangerous.
*The risk of cot death is likely to be greater when you, or your partner, smoke
*The risk of cot death is higher when the care giver has recently consumed alcohol consumption or taken drugs
*The risk of cot death is higher in low birth weight or premature infants

How to co-sleep safely with your baby

Co-sleeping is something a lot of mums are interested in because it can often mean you get a better night’s sleep, it helps you bond with your baby and is easier to feed. Sleeping with your baby in your bed is a big decision though and one that can sometimes divide opinion. There are pros and cons to co-sleeping and it’s something that mums have a lot of experience in. The videos on this page bring together their advice and opinions on how to co-sleep safely, what you might want to consider and whether co-sleeping is right for you and your family. If you are worried about whether you should co-sleep do come and chat with the Channel Mum Sleep Expert Maggie in our Support Group. You can find out more about Safe Sleeping and screen grab our factsheet here.