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Safely Co-Sleeping

Posted by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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In recent years, especially with the amount of cribs being recalled, and the number of deaths resulting from these recalls, many parents have started to co-sleep. But co-sleeping when not done properly can cause a devastating outcome also.

Co-sleeping has been shown in recent studies to slower the risk for SIDS in babies, when done properly. But how exactly do you co-sleep safely, and what are the rules of safely co-sleeping.

There are different kinds of co-sleeping.
Sleeping in the same room, example, the baby is in a co-sleeper next to the parents bed, or somewhere in the room, while the parents sleep in the bed. Or, the baby shares the bed with the parents.

With bed sharing there is a list of safety guidelines people should follow  :

  • Parents should never co-sleep on a couch.
  • NEVER co-sleep if you are under the influence of any kind of substance. This goes for prescription medications, alcohol, or any illegal drug. The majority of co-sleeping deaths when sharing beds were with parents or adults under the influence of something that caused the accident or death.
  • Do not co-sleep if you are extremely overweight, because of the risk for sleep apnea in the mother, it increases the risk of smothering by accident.
  • If you are over tired, or exhausted, do not share your bed.
  • Baby sitters should never share a bed with a baby, because their sense of safety, and response to the baby is not as acute as the mothers.
  • NEVER co-sleep on an overly cushy surface such as a water bed.
  • Do not allow siblings to sleep with a baby that is less than 9 months old.
  • Take precautions to prevent the baby from rolling out of the bed, or being able to fall out of the bed.
  • Place baby adjacent to mother, rather than between mother and father.
  • ALWAYS put a baby on their back to sleep!
  • Do not co-sleep in a bed that is smaller than a Queen size bed.

The guidelines are amazingly simple, and can help you to prevent SIDS!

by on Jun. 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM
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