How to co-sleep safely 

How to co-sleep safely

Hi Mamas! So I don’t know about yall, but I do the most thinking at night, when I am lying in bed. Maybe it’s because it’s quiet or dark or because it’s comfy under the covers lol. I don’t know, but that’s how it’s always been for me.

Well last night while holding and cuddling my little love bug I got to thinking how much I enjoy his little cuddles and how he won’t always be this small to sleep with. I mean, they grow up SO fast. I LOVE co-sleeping with him and don’t have the slightest worry when I do. It wasn’t always this way though. When I had my oldest son people gave me so much flack for co-sleeping with him. Mainly bringing up the safety aspects of it. I realize that many people have certain fears about co-sleeping so I have come up with some ways to co-sleep safely with your baby and feel good about it!

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1. Position baby properly. This is SOOOOO important when you co-sleep with your baby. Position baby ALWAYS on his/her back. This has been proven to reduce the risk of SIDS. Babies should sleep on their back at least until they are 6 months old. This is usually when they will start to turn on their side or even their tummy. I still would try to keep them on their back as much as possible even after 6 months though.

2. Decide who will sleep where. One good way to keep baby near you but not right next to you is to invest in a co-sleeper. This bed for your baby basically aligns up to your bed and gives the baby it’s own space to sleep in and still be close to you. This is good for you because you are close to your baby and can know he/she is breathing ok and is perfect for middle of the night nursing sessions. You also can put baby in the middle between you and your hubby. Now here’s where it can get tricky. ONLY put your baby in the middle of you and your hubby if you can be sure that neither of you will roll on the baby. I realize how this sounds, but some people are crazy sleepers and know up front that they could potentially harm the baby. Some people sleep perfectly still in one position all night and know they would never roll over on them. Also, and I can only speak for myself, but I feel like once you become a Mother you have this sixth sense. I feel like you never really go all the way to sleep. It’s like a state of halfway sleep. Like you’re always listening out for the baby. So I never worried about rolling on him. Just make sure you both feel comfortable with him being in the middle. If you don’t then the co-sleeper is the way to go.

How to co-sleep safely with your baby

3. Dress baby warm enough that he/she doesn’t need a blanket. One thing I did worry about is blankets. I worried that if i put a blanket on top of him that somehow he would lift it up over his face and suffocate. So instead of using a blanket I just dressed him warm enough that he didn’t need one. You do want to make sure you aren’t dressing your baby too warm though, as that can be another cause of SIDS. Baby should never be sweating. If he/she is then take some clothes off. A fan can also help keep baby cool. Swaddling is also an option. If done correctly, then you don’t have to worry about them lifting it up since their arms are inside the blanket.

4. Keep extra pillows/blankets etc away from baby. You don’t want anything that can fall on top of baby near him. You don’t want anything that baby can pull on himself either. Keep pillows away from where his head is and blankets too. Make sure your sheets are fitted tightly to the mattress. Don’t put baby on the side of the bed where he could fall off or get stuck between the frame and the mattress. Make the space he is in pretty bare.

 

How to co-sleep safely

5. Never co-sleep if you are inebriated or have taken any medicine that would make you sleep. This will make you sleep deeper than normal and cause you to not always be aware of what is going on. If you do drink or take medicine like that, have someone else keep baby or put baby in his own bed.

If you can follow these tips then you can set up a safe space for your little love bug to rest.  Co-sleeping can be one of the most sweet, wonderful things in the world. For you and your baby. Let me know if you have any tips on how else to co-sleep safely!

XOXO-

Shannon

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