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Safety Measures for Co-Sleeping with baby

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Co-sleeping is when parents sleep close to their baby in the same room, either in the same bed or on a separate surface.There are a lot of different opinions out there about co-sleeping, but if you’re considering it, there are a few things you can do to make co-sleeping safer for both you and your baby.

 

  1. Make sure the baby sleeps on firm mattress in your bed, rather than co-sleeping on a pillow.
  2. You need to make sure that your bed has no loose blankets or pillows that could potentially suffocate your baby.
  3. Never place your hands or anything else over the baby’s face, chest or head while co-sleeping.
  4. Don’t co-sleep with your baby on a waterbed, bean bag, couch, armchair or soft surface.
  5. Don’t co-sleep if you or your partner are smokers, very tired, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or taking medication that makes you drowsy.
  6. Avoid using electric blankets when co-sleeping with your baby.
  7. Don’t co-sleep with your baby if you are pregnant.
  8. If you co-sleep on a sofa, make sure it’s low to the ground, firm and that there are no loose cushions or pillows around.
  9. You should always put your baby to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  10. If you are co-sleeping on the same bed, make baby sleep at the other half of the bed separately with lots of space in between.

 

There are many benefits to co-sleeping as well as there are also some potential risks associated with co-sleeping, which include:

  • increased risk of SIDS
  • increased risk of suffocation and
  • increased risk of injury.

Follow the ABCs of safe sleep:

A – Alone. The baby should sleep alone in their own space. Do not touch or hug the baby.

B – on their Back. The baby should always sleep on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS.

C – in a Crib. The baby should sleep in a crib, bassinet, or other designated sleeping space.

It’s important to weigh the risks and benefits of co-sleeping before making a decision. If you do decide to co-sleep, these are some safety guidelines you should follow to reduce the risks.

 

Tip for babies who do not sleep in the crib/ bassinet

I personally share bed with my 4 months old baby because our bedrooms don’t have much space for a crib and my first born never liked to sleep in the crib/bassinet. So, the second time I knew I would not buy another piece of furniture just to show off.

But I make sure to not put loose sheets, pillows around her and all other guidelines. I rock her to sleep and then put her on her side(designated space) and I sleep on the other side. When she demands breastfeeding I go close to her and once she is done I come back at my side. Thats the easiest and safest way when you want to share the bed while co-sleeping with your baby.

 

If you follow these guidelines, co-sleeping can be a great way to bond with your new baby and get some much-needed rest!

Related article : 10 Benefits of co-sleeping with your baby

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