Monday, August 9, 2010
So, how do you make co-sleeping safe? Here are a few tips:
• Sleep on a firm mattress that fits tightly in the frame, with no cutouts at the head or foot of the bed. You don’t want any places where a baby could slip down into a crevice – NO WATERBEDS!
• Do not wrap your child in blankets or cover their heads;
• No adult in the bed should smoke, take drugs, be obese, or be on any medication;
• No adult in the bed should drink alcohol – not even one drink! This is a potential danger to your baby;
• Clear the area where your baby will sleep from pillows, and never lie them face down on the bed;
• Seek a doctor’s advice if the baby has a fever
Fleiss, P.M., (2000). Sweet Dreams: A pediatrician’s secrets for your child’s good night’s sleep. Lowell House: Illinois, USA.
Canadian Pediatric Society, Recommnedations for safe sleep environments for infants and children: http://www.cps.ca/english/statements/cp/cp04-02.htm
What do you think and what is your practice with your kids? I know that I have co-slept (and still do at times) with both my boys while breastfeeding at night as well as early in the morning. There is nothing like cuddling up with your kids in bed. I find it to be such a precious time!