Is it Safe For Babies to Sleep With You?

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The debate whether or not it is safe for babies to sleep with you has gone on for years.
On the one hand some say that not only is it safe for the child, it actually has psychological benefits for both child and parents.
Others would be quick to point out the many dangers that are present when the baby sleeps in the same bed with you.
Rather than continue this argument, it is just safe to give tips on what ways it is safe for babies to sleep in their parent's bed.
One of the big issues is the fear of accidental death by suffocation, or crushing the child.
There are some simple solutions to these problems.
One simple solution is to get a bigger bed, preferably a queen or king sized so there is plenty of room.
It is safe for babies to sleep in bed with you but, there are some things to watch out for.
Avoid having the child sleep between you and your partner, put her on the side, with a barrier of some kind to prevent falling off.
In most cases, it is not only safe for babies to sleep with their parents, but there are some benefits in doing so.
If you are breast-feeding, it is easier to feed the child, and you won't disturb your partner by getting up.
Another good idea in having all the benefits without some of the obvious privacy issues is using a sleeping basket.
Set this beside the bed.
You can hold the child until she falls asleep, then transfer her to the basket.
When she wakes in the night, you won't have to get completely out of bed to care for her.
If your baby has health problems, it may be a good idea to have her sleep with you, or at the very least by you.
The chances of a problem are much slimmer if you are within ear shot and arms reach.
There is definitely times when it isn't safe for babies to sleep in the same bed as you, when you are sick for one.
There is a good chance that you will be passing this sickness on.
Being sick, stressed, or drinking alcohol can dull your senses.
When you are not as "sharp" as you should be, you are less likely be aware of any problems.
Using common sense will be the determining factor when deciding if it safe for babies to sleep with their parents.
If parent's sleeping routines are altered in anyway, stress, exhaustion or the like, these factors could effect the safety of your baby.
If in doubt, use the crib.
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