Cosleeping and Bed and Infants Article talks about whether you should sleep with
your baby in your bed. The advantages and disadvantages to it and some
Should Your Baby Sleep In
Should baby sleep in her own
cot or in bed with you? There are arguments on both sides.
Breastfeeding is easier, you don't have to get out of
bed to feed baby.
Many mothers say baby sleeps better - if she wakes she
is more likely to be comforted by your presence and heartbeat and go back to
You will probably get more sleep.
Other mothers can't sleep for fear that they will roll
over and suffocate baby.
They wake any time baby makes the slightest noise.
Baby's presence could disrupt your sex life.
According to the
Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths:
The safest place for baby to sleep for the first 6
months is in a cot in your room.
Never sleep together on a sofa or armchair - it is easy
to suffocate baby who can sink into the soft surface.
Do NOT share a bed with baby if you smoke, have drunken
alcohol or take drugs that make you drowsy, are ill or are exceptionally
tired (how many mothers are not exceptionally tired in those first few
A recent study found the risk of infant death doubles if
you co-sleep before 8 weeks, and if either partner smokes this risk
Make sure baby's room is not too warm, use lightweight
sheets or blankets in her cot, and never use duvets or pillows as she may
overheat or suffocate.
Author: Tony and Katy Luck
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