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Sleep is possible, regardless of where you let your little one sleep
Here are some safety considerations if you want to co-sleep:
1.For new-borns, the safest option is to use a co-sleeper. But once your baby can sit up, at around 5 months, this is no longer a safe option as the open sides of the co-sleeper are quite low and babies are top heavy. It’s also the reason why you should move your cot to a lower level at around the same time.
2.Once your baby can roll and move around more (between 5 and 8 months), your bed can be dangerous. Around this time, it’s best for baby to sleep on a child specific mattress or on a very low bed, because there’s still a chance that he/she can fall out of bed. Adult mattresses are not designed to ensure baby’s safety.
3.Make sure your mattress is firm and that there are no cracks or gaps between the headboard, footboard or sides where your baby can be wedged in.
4.Co-sleeping is NOT considered safe with baby and/or pets and other children.
5.Never sneak a baby into your bed without your partner being aware of it. If you co-sleep you both need to be aware and take responsibility.
6.If you have taken sedatives, medication, drugs, or alcohol you should not co-sleep with your baby.
These are just a few safety considerations. Of course there are other considerations as well, such as you and your partner’s space and time and the influence on each other’s sleep (either you waking up your baby, or your baby waking you or your partner unnecessarily).
Choose what works best for your family and is the safest for you all. Whichever way you choose, both you and your child can sleep when you establish healthy sleep habits.