Creating a safe sleep area for your baby. Bed-sharing is just one of the ways that a family might co-sleep, but it is frequently practiced by breastfeeding mothers. No matter where you have your baby sleep, be sure you provide a safe sleeping environment. If you decide to share sleep with your baby, and this arrangement is working for your family, observe these precautions for cosleeping safely:. If you share a bed with your child, you may need to plan for time alone with your partner instead of waiting for it to happen spontaneously. Find out the chances of rolling over on your baby and how to make co-sleeping safe.
Bedsharing works so well because breastfeeding mothers and babies are hardwired to be together during vulnerable sleep periods. For breastfeeding mothers and babies who meet The Safe Sleep Seven, bedsharing can be a wonderful way to enjoy a cuddly and better night’s sleep together, confident that their danger risk is about as low as possible. Although SIDS is better known, SUDI, SIDS and fatal sleep accidents share common risk factors. Also, the parents’ bed might not be safely set up for the baby. This information is taken from the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initative leaflet on sharing a bed with your baby. This leaflet has been produced in collaboration with the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths.
Eight years later, she’s doing the same with her second son, even though she has heard the safe-sleep recommendations: Put baby to sleep on his back, in his own crib or bassinet in the same room as his mother, with no other soft bedding or stuffed animals near him. If you are breastfeeding and bed-sharing, your baby may spend time in the side position during and following nursing. Waterbeds and beanbags are not safe places for sleeping babies, who can slip into a soft pocket of bedding.
Smart Bedsharing Gives Breastfeeding Mothers More Sleep