How to safely sleep with baby on chest?

If you’re a parent, then chances are you’ve heard of safe sleeping practices for your baby. But let’s face it – as much as we want our babies to sleep soundly and safely through the night, snuggling up with our little ones can be one of the most comforting experiences in parenthood.

You may have read about co-sleeping or bed-sharing but these aren’t always practical options, especially if your partner isn’t comfortable sleeping alongside a fragile newborn. Whether it be for convenience or simply because it feels good, there can be times when sometimes all you want is to cuddle closely with your little cherub.

Fear not my dear reader; here are some helpful tips to guide you on how to safely sleep (and dream) with baby on chest?

1. Safety First

When it comes to an act that includes another human life form involved- safety should always hold utmost importance . In this case, creating a safe environment for your infant is no different than ensuring they buckle their car seat belt or wear a helmet while riding their bike (even though they might throw tantrums).

  • Establish No Go Zones

The first thing parents need to consider when considering sharing beds is the likely possibility of accidentally rolling over onto baby during sleep – RIP sweet Prince(ss). Establish designated “No go-zones” like chairs/sofas that could put either party at risk- Mama Bear please listen keenly!

  • Avoid Overheating

Another factor to keep in mind whilst bonding via skin-to-skin contact i.e. “touch therapy” which professionals suggest helps regulate breathing patterns and heart rate. It also reduces cortisol levels which alleviates stress & anxiety produced by new environments by helping infants feel more secure.

However too much body heat trapped between adult +baby=unpleasant experience rather than elevating peaceful slumber one dreams off. Baby can overheat quickly, and anyone sleeping with a baby on their chest should avoid using heavy blankets or wearing too many layers. A cold room is ideal!

  • Never Drink Alcohol

We are not condemning alcohol- wines taste delightful! However, when it comes to the time spent bonding whilst sleeping safely with your baby shouldn’t be one of them if any amount of marijuana, tobacco products or prescription meds have been consumed prior.

2. Location Matters

Where you sleep also matters just as much as how you sleep with your infant son/daughter. Do you have an appropriate bed that minimizes risks?

  • Invest in Proper Sleeping Surface

The mattress upon which adult + infant lie should be firm and flat avoiding possibility of falls from height (we’re human; It happens!) The surface should be bare — no blankets allowed until they’re 12 months old either – natural fibre ones may cut fire risk & reduce chances of overheating.

  • Consider Alternative Options Like Safe Cribs for Infants

Safe cribs are designed in consideration of newborns. They come equipped with cushioning underneath the sheets making restful sleeps easier whilst significantly reducing risks surrounding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – SIDS (around 9 times less chance). Plus décor options re next level exquisite sissy!

3. Get Comfortable Safely

You will want to make sure that both parent(s) & child can get comfortable before drifting off (It’s bedtime story-yawnsss).

To do this:

  • Use Pillows Wisely

“pillow talk” almost never involves safe-sleep guidelines but for our homies reading this; let’s stick to basics shall we? Position pillows strategically around paren/s shoulders and head area, offering support without crowding baby’s personal space.This helps parents from rolling over deadly.


If an extra layer between naked adult-chest-around-baby is required, bat wraps or even “fitted shirt nursing method” (spiderman take a breather) may be adhered to.

  • Practice Safe Swaddling

We loooove swaddles – they wrap babies in warm snugly blankets, as though picking them up bit of sausage. More importantly, for young infants below 2 months, swaddling helps regulate their body temperature and feeling secured makes the feel more confident & comfortable whilst sleeping.

When it comes to co-sleeping (laying on adult chest), however excess fabric can lead to suffocation risks so keep baby’s face uncovered at all times = deep sleep+many “aww”s pic future mems!

4. Timing is Everything

Timing baby’s bedtime with that of your own often invokes golden moment memories making parents crave for frequent moments like these but differentiating between day n night is something new humans struggle with particularly within the first few weeks/months – help ‘em out:

Ensure Sleeping Time Never coincides With;

  • Adult Sleep Disorder Period
    (Always prioritise parent’s well-being too: if having severe sleep disruptions caused by breathing issues e.g stuffy nose/recurring sneezes; It might be best other arrangements made)

  • Heavy Commuting
    (Night driving isn’t advised after consuming heavy meals/drinks you deserve better rest, parents drive safely). Plus let’s avoid conflicts with the rush hour sweat boxes & morning energy drainers!?


Despite there being many safe ways of co-sleeping/bonding cuddles-It’s important to remember each family operates differently hence they should chose what works best alongside taking into account the aforementioned factors listed above . After all it is necessary that you create joyful interactions without compromising one another’s welfare!

Sleep On Comrades!

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