Co-sleeping with your baby: advice from The Lullaby Trust

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Defining Safe Co-Sleeping

To reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), always practice safe sleep. Safe sleep means babies always sleep:
-On their backs
-In their own crib or bassinet with a firm mattress and tight fitting sheet
-Without any blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or other objects in the sleep area
Babies should not:
-Sleep on an adult bed, sofa, armchair, or any other soft surface
-Be placed to sleep on their side or stomach
If you are bed sharing with your baby (sleeping in the same bed), follow these guidelines to reduce the risk of SIDS and suffocation:
-Place baby on his or her back to sleep, never on the stomach or side.
-Use a firm mattress. Do not use waterbeds, sofas, couches, plush mattresses, sheepskins, pillows, comforters, quilts or blankets under infants because these can create a space where infants can become trapped and suffocate. Use only a bottom sheet. Keep top sheets loose so they cannot cover an infant’s face. Be sure everyone in the house knows not to place anything over an infant’s sleeping area that could potentially cover an infant’s head and face.
-Keep babies away from adults who are smoking tobacco products. If you are smoking tobacco products and cannot quit smoking completely while you are pregnant or after your baby is born; do not smoke around your baby either inside your home or outside. It is best if smokers do not hold babies while they are sleeping because studies have shown that this increases the risk for SIDS five times more than if non smokers held them. Secondhand smoke exposure also increases the risk of lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia which can be deadly for infants
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a separate but close sleeping surface for each person in the room (including parents) until baby is at least 6 months old and ideally until baby is 1 year old

The Benefits of Safe Co-Sleeping

There are many benefits to safe co-sleeping, including baby sleep, falling asleep, and baby to sleep. Safe co-sleeping can help infants sleep better and safely. It can also help reduce the risk of SIDS.

When babies are born, they often have trouble sleeping through the night. This is because their bodies are not used to the new environment. Safe co-sleeping can help babies adjust to sleeping in a new place. It can also help them feel more secure and comfortable.

Babies who share a bed with their parents often fall asleep more quickly than those who do not. This is because they feel safe and loved. They know that their parents are nearby if they need them.

Safe co-sleeping can also help babies sleep through the night. This is because it allows them to be close to their mothers. Mothers can provide comfort and support to their babies when they need it most.

Lastly, safe co-sleeping is important for reducing the risk of SIDS. SIDS is a leading cause of death in infants under one year old . Safe co-sleeping can help reduce the risk of SIDS by keeping infants close to their mothers .

Guidelines for Making Safe Co-Sleeping Work

When it comes to infant sleep, there are a few different schools of thought. Some parents opt to have their baby sleep in a crib in their own room, while others choose to bed share. Bed sharing is when the parent and infant share a bed instead of the infant having their own space. There are benefits and risks associated with both sleeping arrangements and it is important for parents to weigh both before making a decision.

If you do choose to bed share, there are some guidelines you should follow to ensure that it is safe for both you and your baby. The first step is to make sure that your bed is safe for an infant. This means that there should not be any pillows, blankets, or toys in the bed that could potentially suffocate the baby. The mattress should also be firm to prevent the baby from sinking down and becoming trapped.

Once you have confirmed that your bed is safe, you need to take steps to ensure that your baby is safe as well. Always put your baby on their back to sleep, even when bed sharing. This will reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). You should also avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, or using drugs while bed sharing as these can all increase the risk of SIDS.

In addition, it is important to be aware of your baby at all times while they are sleeping in your bed. This means not letting them roll off the edge of the bed or getting too close to pillows or blankets. If you need to get up during the night, make sure someone else is watching over your baby so they are not left unattended.

following these guidelines will help make sure that both you and your baby are safe while Bed sharing . It is important to remember that every family is different and what works for one may not work for another . What matters most is finding what works best for you andyour baby and ensuring that everyone gets a good night’s sleep .

FAQs About Safe Co-Sleeping

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1. What is safe infant co-sleeping?
Safe infant co-sleeping means that your baby sleeps in the same room as you, but in a separate bed. This can be done by using a bassinet, crib, or other type of sleeper that is placed next to your bed.

2. Is it safe to co-sleep with my baby if I am breastfeeding?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to breastfeed your baby while co-sleeping. In fact, many mothers find it easier to breastfeed their babies when they are sleeping in the same room.

3. How can I make sure my baby is safe when co-sleeping?
There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your baby is safe when co-sleeping: make sure your bed is firm and comfortable, keep pillows and blankets away from your baby’s face, and never let your baby sleep on his stomach.

4. What are the benefits of co-sleeping with my infant?
There are many benefits to co-sleeping with your infant: it can help you bond with your baby, it makes nighttime feedings easier, and it can help you get more rest since you will not have to get out of bed every time your baby needs to be fed or changed.

5. What are the risks of not practicing safe infant co-sleeping?
The biggest risk of not practicing safe infant co-sleeping is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the leading cause of death for babies under one year old, and most cases occur when babies are sleeping on their stomachs or in an unsafe sleeping environment such as a couch or bed with adults who are not aware of the dangers of doing so.