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Where does your baby sleep?

Reducing the risks of cot death

A cot in your room is the safest place for your baby to sleep in their first six months. Keep the cot tidy and do not use plastic sheets. Babies can overheat, so try to keep the room between 16-20°C. Do not use duvets, quilts or pillows until your baby is one year old, and never use hot water bottles or electric blankets. Always position your baby in the ‘Feet to Foot’ position, with their feet at the foot of the cot so they can’t move down inside their blanket.

Unless a health professional has told you to do something different, always put your baby to sleep on its back. Never let your baby fall asleep propped up on a cushion, on a sofa or chair, and don’t let anyone fall asleep while nursing your baby.

Remember – keep the house smoke free.

See the FSID website  for more information on safe sleeping arrangements for babies.

Health visitor says

The safest place for your baby to sleep for the first six months of life is in a cot (both during the day as well as at night) in your room.  If you decide to take a baby into your bed, make sure you have not taken any medicine, drugs or alcohol that may make you sleep more heavily than usual and remember, they face a bigger health risk if you or your partner is a smoker.  Sleeping next to you your baby will be warmer anyway, so they may get too hot.  Taking your baby into your bed is never risk free.

For further advice or support you could speak to your health visitor or doctor or contact the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death (FSID) 0808 802 6868


Always put your baby to sleep in the ‘Back to Sleep’ and ‘Feet to Foot’ position.


Babies aren’t good at keeping their temperature constant, so make sure they don’t get too hot or too cold.


Keep your baby’s cot in your room for the first six months.

If you are worried contact NHS Direct, your health visitor or your surgery.