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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

7 Imperative Tips for Sleeping With Baby


According to the latest research, over half of moms and dads in the United States co-sleep with their babies. Even though the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends parents not to sleep in the same bed with their gorgeous babies, the vast majority of families do just that. In fact, this trend is rising in 2017.

With more and more cases of infantile deaths due to co-sleeping, it is extremely important to ensure that your baby is safe when sleeping with his parents. Whether he sleeps only with you, with your spouse or with the both of you, it is your responsibility to make sure he gets the best sleep possible while being safe from harm.

Thus, as a parent, it is imperative to be aware on how to co-sleep with your baby. Your little one is fragile and you wouldn’t want to accidentally hurt him. Here are 7 tips for creating a safer sleeping space for your baby.

Sleeping Position

Place your baby on the back: this is the recommended position for sleeping for various reasons: you don’t want your baby to fall off the bed, you need it to breathe comfortably, and you want to have access to his face.


Sleeping Beds

Ensure the mattress is firm: do not put your baby on a pillow, waterbed mattress, sheepskin or any other similar surfaces. A foam mattress is highly recommended here. If the mattress is not firm, you could accidentally tumble over and land on your baby. Or at least one of your hands could, and that is advisable.
Ensure good sleeping environment

Remove any loose pillows, soft blankets or stuffed animals, especially if they are in the proximity of your baby’s face. It is imperative to ensure that your baby will get a good night’s sleep without the risk of suffocating.

Examine Perimeter

Check the perimeter: unfortunately, there are many cases of infantile deaths in adult beds. Most of them are due to the baby getting sandboxed between the sleeping surface (mattress) and a hard surface in its proximity. Make sure there is no wall, piece of furniture or headboard around your baby before co-sleeping with him.

Position of child while sleeping

Ensure your baby is located in the right position: the best position for your baby to sleep is on the side of the mom, as she is usually more responsive and more aware of the surroundings. Never put your baby in the middle or on the father’s side

Stop Smoking

Do not smoke or drink: smoking or drinking is prohibited when co-sleeping with your little one. Drinking and smoking are a major risk for your infant, both during the pregnancy and after it. We don’t even need to talk about drugs, which are strongly prohibited. Remember, drinking or getting stoned can make you less responsive and unable to control your movement while sleeping. If you want to protect your baby, give up these bad habits completely.

Use Bassinet or Crib

Go for a bassinet instead: of course, you could remove all worries regarding your baby’s safety while sleeping by choosing a bassinet or a crib. There are thousands of amazing bassinets for your baby available online, so you can choose the best model that complements your room d├ęcor and fits your needs.

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