I talk a lot about how I LOVE sleeping with my baby! I very often hear people talk about how unsafe it is, or how they are afraid they are going to roll over on the baby.
Here is a list of things to do to SAFELY sleep with your baby!
Notice this list is mostly about preventing suffocation risks. Not SIDS! They are often confused but are in fact two completely seperate things.
Sleeping with your baby has many benefits! Research has proven that being close to mom can help prevent baby sleep apnea, regulate body temperature, and that baby's sleep better with less crying and stress. The "cuddle curl" actually acts as a protection to the baby as you curl your body around them.
SIDS is more common in babies who sleep alone and without waking during the night. Even Dr. Richard Ferber has altered his position on "crying it out" at night in light of new research that suggests so. Encouraging your baby to sleep for long stretches at night is also a risk to your milk supply. Co-sleeping is a wonderful way for everyone in the family to get that much needed sleep. Just do it safely!
|Patience and I sleeping soundly in the "cuddle curl" position.|