Babies safest sleeping in room with parents

Babies should sleep in their parents’ bedroom for six months and ideally as long as a year to decrease the risk of sleep-related death.

The new guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that room sharing but not bed sharing cuts the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%.

Infants should sleep on a separate surface such as a cot, and be placed on their back with a tight fitting sheet, the AAP advises.

All soft bedding, including cot bumpers, blankets, pillows and soft toys should be avoided.

Lead author Dr Rachel Moon says the report