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Co-sleeping is a hot topic of debate that frequently divides rooms of mothers. Supporters of co-sleeping are of the mindset that a parent’s bed is where an infant belongs while those opposed to it argue that it is just downright dangerous.
People choose to co-sleep with their babies for a number of different reasons. It is believed that co-sleeping encourages breast feeding and makes it more convenient by helping to synchronize the mother and baby’s sleep cycles. Supporters of co-sleeping also believe that it brings a mother and baby closer together, especially if there is separation during the day due to work or other commitments. With these benefits in mind, it’s understandable why some mothers choose to co-sleep with their infants. If you do choose to co-sleep with your baby, it is important that you do so safely.
Sudden Death Infant Syndrome (SIDS)
The correlation between SIDS and co-sleeping is still unclear and research is continuing in this area. Some people think that co-sleeping will reduce the chance of SIDS because both parent and baby wake up more regularly during the night. However, others feel that the chance of SIDS is increased by co-sleeping, especially in environments where mothers smoke. If you are considering co-sleeping as an option for you and your child then be sure to always place your baby on their back to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Steps for Safe Co-Sleeping
To ensure a safe co-sleeping experience for both you and your infant, there are some measures that you can take. Co-sleeping is widely practiced in many non-western cultures but with lower risks. Differences in bedding and mattresses have a huge impact on how safe an environment is for co-sleeping. You should never use pillows, quilts or comforters or other soft items on the bed. Even teddy bears or other stuffed toys can be problematic in a co-sleeping situation. The location of your bed is also important and should be given some careful consideration. If at all possible you should keep your bed away from blinds, curtains or drapes to prevent your infant becoming tangled in the cords.
Your beds footboard and headboard should be solid and be free of large gaps or holes in which your child’s limbs or head could become stuck. Your mattress should also fit tightly into the bed frame so that there are no gaps where your baby could get trapped. Always leave your child’s head uncovered while sleeping and don’t ever drink alcohol, take medication or use drugs that could keep you from waking up during the night or that may cause you to move around more than normal in your sleep and suffocate your baby.
Co-sleeping has many benefits, and if you follow the simple steps outlined in this article there is no reason why you and your baby shouldn’t be able to enjoy a comfortable and safe co-sleeping environment.
About The Author:
Brenda O'Brien is a full time mother and part time parenting blogger based in London writing on behalf of Sleepymoon Cards a start up business selling unique, top quality baby thank you cards.