As a new parent, it is important to learn safe co-sleeping practices. While most parents don't believe they will co-sleep in western cultures, it is estimated that nearly 80% of parents co-sleep at one point or another. Co-sleeping with your baby can provide many benefits, but it is crucial to do so safely. It's important to avoid high risk situations like sleeping with bub on a couch or beanbag as while co-sleeping is a risk factor for SIDS, it's the surface that you co-sleep on that really is the biggest risk factor! The Safe Sleep 7 are seven basic rules that will help keep your baby safe while co-sleeping. By following these simple guidelines, you can rest assured that your little one is safe and sound while sharing a bed with you.
*Please note, co-sleeping is not safe for all families or babies and should be avoided if your baby was premature, if you are a smoker or if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.*
The first rule of the Safe Sleep Seven is to create a safe sleeping environment for your baby. This means making sure that there are no pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals in the bed with them. The only thing in the bed should be you and your baby.
The second rule is to never co-sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair. This can be extremely dangerous as babies can easily roll off of these soft surfaces and onto the floor.
The third rule is to always place your baby on their back to sleep. This position is the safest for babies and will help reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
The fourth rule is to a firm mattress when co-sleeping. A soft mattress can be dangerous for your baby, as it can increase the risk of SIDS.
The fifth rule is to avoid co-sleeping if you are a smoker. Babies who are exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of SIDS.
The sixth rule is to avoid co-sleeping if you are drinking alcohol or taking medications that could make you drowsy. These substances can put your baby at risk while co-sleeping.
The seventh and final rule is to never leave your baby alone in bed with another person. This increases the chance of accidentally rolling on top of your baby, which could lead to suffocation or strangulation.
By following these safe co-sleeping practices, you can rest assured that your baby is safe and sound while sharing a bed with you. Keep these guidelines in mind and enjoy all the benefits that co-sleeping has to offer!
We believe here that co-sleeping with your baby is like teenagers having sex - rather than telling you not to do it, it's MUCH better to teach you how to do it safely!