Like many new parents, for Poppy Jones and Luke Gower the birth of their baby son Vincent was overwhelming.
Ms Jones went into premature labour and gave birth to Vincent at 36 weeks in November last year.
He was fit and healthy and a wonder for his parents and extended family.
Vincent Jones died last November. Via Facebook.
The couple from Kent in the UK posted doting images of their beloved boy on social media, surrounded by hearts and filled with warm congratulations from friends.
At two days old the family were back home and when Vincent wouldn't settle and his exhausted mother clearly needed some rest Luke offered to soothe his son to sleep so Poppy Jones could get a much needed break.
He walked with the newborn patting his back and gave him a feed at 10pm, he then lay in bed with the two-day-old cradled on his chest while he patted him to sleep.
“I gave him one feed when Poppy went to bed and then I was walking around with him patting his back,” Mr Gower said.
“I was sitting with him trying to get him to go to sleep. I sat in bed with him.”
But when he woke at 7am his newborn son was no longer cradled in his arms, but tragically lying lifeless and facedown beside him in the bed.
The heartbroken parents of Vincent have given evidence at an inquest into his death.
Poppy Jones and Luke Gower. Via Facebook.
At the inquest Pathologist Kio Palm said baby Vincent had suffered 'a sudden unexpected death in infancy in an unsafe sleeping environment', adding that a post mortem examination had not revealed any underlying health problems or abnormalities reports Kent OnLine.
She said that co-sleeping, the act of sleeping in close proximity with a baby can have a number of fatal consequences.
Assistant coroner Christine Freedman said: “He was a healthy, normally grown baby with no abnormalities in his development.”
Mrs Freedman recorded a verdict of accidental death.
The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death for baby Vincent. Via Facebook.
Experts remain divided on the dangers of co-sleeping.
SIDS and Kids, Australia's foremost authority on the issue say that sharing a sleep surface with a baby “increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and fatal sleep accidents in some circumstances.”
Luke Gower said he was simply trying to get him to go to sleep. "I sat in bed with him." Via Facebook.
They recommend instead parents give their baby their own safe sleeping environment next to the parent’s bed for the first six to twelve months of life.
A recent study found that babies of mothers younger than age 20 are at higher risk for sleep-related sudden death than babies of older mothers. The study in The Journal of Pediatrics, April 21 found that although most teen mothers know that co-sleeping with their baby or putting the baby to sleep with soft bedding or blankets increases the risk of (SIDS), many do so anyway.