Healthy living

Sleep and your baby

Baby yawningAs a new parent or carer, there are several ways to sleep your baby safely and reduce the risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy.  

WA Health provides information that can help you think about how and where your baby should sleep as well as sleep patterns at various ages after birth.

Co-sleeping and the risks to your baby’s health.

Co-sleeping is when a parent or carer is asleep with a baby on the same sleep surface, such as a bed, couch, or beanbag. Co-sleeping is NOT recommended.

Safe infant sleeping

There are a number of recommendations to sleep your baby safely including safety tips for cot sleeping and creating a safe sleeping environment.

Sleeping patters

Babies vary in the amount of sleep they need and as they grow and develop their sleep needs change. There are many ways for a baby to have ‘normal’ sleep patterns.

Where to get help


Child and Adolescent Health Service – Community Health (CAHS CH)

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