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Durham University

Durham Infancy & Sleep Centre

Bedside Cot Observation Study (BECOS)

*Recruitment is now closed for this study! If you would like to take part in Sleep Lab research, please see our other live projects for info*


Would YOU like to take part in some mum and baby sleep research?

Durham University Parent-Infant Sleep Lab researchers are inviting parents to take part in a sleep study looking at how mums and babies behave during the night when using bed-side cots.

Bedside cots (also known as clip-on or side-car cribs) are used in some hospital maternity wards. Some versions can now be bought for use at home. We have researched these cots being used in hospitals, and would like to find out what happens when they are used at home.

In this study we will use night-time video to record how mums and babies sleep and behave while using a bedside cot during an overnight stay in the Sleep Lab. Our Sleep Lab is designed like a comfortable hotel room with a sitting area, en-suite bathroom and small kitchen.

We need mums with babies aged under 5 months (20 weeks) willing to take part in this study. Dads are welcome too if they wish to join in, but they don’t have to.

What will we do? We will video you and your baby sleeping for one night in our Sleep Lab using the bed-side cot. As this study aims only to find out how bedside cots are used, no other monitoring will be used. You will arrive in the evening and leave in the morning (we will give you some breakfast).

As a thank you gift for taking part in an overnight study we can offer you a £20 high street gift voucher.

Please email us for more information.