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Not knocking co sleepers, but I have a question about something I saw at the health department today.

There are posters everywhere that state, "Baby is safe in their own bed" There was an information hotline attached also. It basically gave a number of children smothered by a parent during sleeping(non drug or alcohol related), numbers smothered by a sibling sharing a bed, and a few other things. If co sleeping is totally safe why is the state campaigning to have parents not sleep with their children? I'll try to find the poster.

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Asked by Musicmom80 at 11:47 PM on Oct. 5, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • Because people are really stupid and do it incorrectly. Co-sleeping can actually reduce SIDS if you do it right. Most people don't do it right. Do you know the percentage of moms around the world that co-sleep? It's A LOT. Most kids don't die from co-sleeping. SIDS was also called crib death.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:49 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I would NOT co-sleep, mainly because of this issue. Smothering. I am so afraid that my daughter will accidnetally smother HER new baby. She has this idea that her baby NEEDS to sleep with her. I think she needs to sleep in her own crib. I had all three of my babies sleep in their cribs right away and they were excellent sleepers. And safe.

    Answer by gertie41 at 11:50 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I'm not looking for an argument. I'm looking for facts. And I'm not looking to bash people who choose to use cribs either.

    Comment by Musicmom80 (original poster) at 11:51 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I hate the term crib death, the crib didn't kill the baby. It just died in the crib. I don't know why they came up with that name. My cousin died from SIDS.

    Comment by Musicmom80 (original poster) at 11:52 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • What is the correct way to Co-sleep? I am on the fence, I actually want my child to sleep in its own bed near mine but not in mine. No bashing here either.

    Answer by AugustMidge at 11:54 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I co sleep on accident a couple times but. I once woke up and baby was like face down so never again I was so tired I didn't feel him turn he is fine but scared me alot

    Answer by saadamarie at 11:55 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I didnt co-sleep with very young infants, but by the time son was 9 months,,,he was climbing over his crib gate and ready for the wide world. Hard to put a 9 month old in a toddler bed, so me and the kid slept on the couches downstairs, we fit on the same cushion,,,lol,,big couch. He stayed with me that way and I knew he was safe, lasted till he was big enough for a toddler bed. Did the best I could way back when,

    Answer by beyondhopes at 11:55 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • My son was a co-sleeper. He slept all night starting at 3 months. He is still a grand sleeper at 14years. Not arguing...they do it wrong or when overly tired. Most co-sleepers never have an issue. The majority of the world co-sleeps without issue. It's those that don't research and prepare that roll over, or have pillows and heavy blankets near the baby...

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:56 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • Oh and no squishy mattress.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:57 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

  • I applaud you for just wanting to know the facts...I did co sleep although I was always against it before but with BF'ing and lack of space we had no choice. I am a super light sleeper so felt most every move they made. They say the closeness is better and from what I read SIDS is more common if they sleep away from you. NO I don't have exact facts but I did co sleep with 3 and they are all safe! I was over paranoid about drinking so never drank or even took medicine that made me less alert. We also have a huge bed so if it was smaller it would be harder.To me the worse part of co sleeping is getting them back in their beds.

    Answer by hill2 at 11:58 PM on Oct. 5, 2010

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