There has been a lot of media claiming that sleeping with your baby in an adult bed is unsafe and can result in accidental smothering of an infant. Supporters believe that a parent’s bed is just where an infant belongs. Alcohol or drugs may affect you or your partner’s memory, and you could forget that your baby is in your bed or on the sofa with you. You may sleep so soundly that you’re unaware you’ve rolled onto him or that he’s become trapped between you and the back of the sofa.
Co-sleeping essentially means sleeping in close proximity to your child. It may be in the same bed or just in the same room. Some ways of co-sleeping that different families use are:. You can also use this sleeper in the crib to help ease your child’s transition from your bed when they are ready to leave the nest and start napping alone. For a safer option, many parents prefer using a co-sleeper (it’s basically like a play yard that attaches to your bed), which allows your baby to have his own safe sleeping space while still being right within arms’ reach.
NB: In this case we’re talking specifically about sharing a bed with your baby, rather than sleeping in the same room which is sometimes also described as co-sleeping. It’s an emotive and divisive debate. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that letting an infant child sleep in her parents’ bed remains the greatest risk factor for sleep-related infant deaths. Sleeping with your baby is the most natural and wonderful thing to do. Yes it may put off the transition to his own bed but I assure you it’ll happen way before he is 8.
Co-sleeping And Bed-sharing
The second most-dreaded question for new parents after Is your baby sleeping? It seems like the most natural thing in the world to bring your baby into bed with you and give this tiny scrap of humanity all the closeness, comfort and reassurance you can. Lower your bed. When the baby is old enough to get out of the bed, it’s safest to remove your bed frame and place your box spring and mattress on the floor, in case of falls. Try a height adjustable bassinet that rests right alongside your bed.