If you have considered co-sleeping you probably have a lot of concerns. Many people say that it isn’t a good idea, but there are ways to co-sleep that can be great for both baby and the parents. Co-sleeping has shown to reduce risk of SIDS in infants and depression in mothers. But it must be done correctly to be safe. Check out these tips to co-sleeping that will keep you and baby safe.
Co-sleep on a firm surface
Babies need to sleep on firm surfaces because soft spaces, like a couch or large pillow, can be a cause of suffocation. Always make sure you sleep on a firm mattress that isn’t overly crowded with pillows and blankets. Keep the covers pulled as tight as possible and don’t overload the bed with extras that can be a choking hazard.
Don’t co-sleep with your infant and older kids
Your older children will not be as careful as you are when sleeping in the bed with an infant, so don’t have them sleep in the same bed. Aside from the risk of the child suffocating the infant, they could also accidentally kick or hit them, which will cause injury to the baby. Also, older children generally need more space and want extra items in the bed, and those extras can harm an infant.
Don’t allow yourself to become disoriented
Drugs, alcohol, and even some prescriptions can make co-sleeping a dangerous situation. Do not use these substances when co-sleeping, because they can make you disoriented and distracted, which is never good when co-sleeping. You need to always be aware of your surroundings when co-sleeping with an infant, and able to be awoken easily if the baby is in distress.
Don’t co-sleep if you have sleep disorders
If you don’t wake up easily, or have a sleeping disorder that requires you to use machines or special equipment, do not co-sleep. This can lead to death in your child. Also, the equipment can make it hard for the baby to actually sleep, as can snoring and tossing and turning.
Use a co-sleeper
Side-car set ups, co-sleepers that raise baby off the bed, or devices that cause a barrier are all good products to use when co-seeping. They can protect your child and give you a bit more peace of mind when co-sleeping.