Sharing a bed with a baby
Plunket and the Ministry of Health are concerned by advice contained in an item about the ‘Baby Whisperer’ on TV3’s Campbell Live show earlier this week.
It included a recommendation about sleeping with your baby in bed.
There is conclusive evidence from research and coroners reports to tell us that sharing a bed with babies is one of the biggest contributing risk factors of SUDI (cot death).
If babies share a bed with others there is a risk they can be rolled on, or become wedged between or under others. They also risk being covered by toys, pillows or bedding.
If parents do want to share a bed with their baby the risk can be reduced by having baby in their own safe sleeping space.
We encourage parents to talk to their midwife, Plunket nurse or family doctor for more information.