Co-sleeping can improve parent-child bonding, which results in other benefits like healthier sleep and easier breastfeeding. However, despite claims that co-sleeping can reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), it can actually be fatal for an infant if you’re not careful enough. That’s why you need to learn how to co-sleep with baby without consequences.
As long as you follow these tips by heart, nothing bad will happen to your little angel:
- In the first six to 12 months of your baby’s life, it’s best to give him his personal cot beside your bed. You may also use an attachable crib so you can easily breastfeed your child anytime while ensuring a safe distance when sleeping.
- Don’t sleep beside your baby if you’re a smoker, drinker, or dependent on sedative medications.
- Don’t sleep beside your baby if he’s premature, abnormally smaller, or younger than three months old.
- Make sure your baby is sleeping on his back, not his side or tummy.
- Check your baby from time to time just in case something covers his face.
- Your baby should sleep on a firm bed.
- Don’t share your bedding with your child. Provide your baby with his own blanket.
- Don’t place your baby between you and your partner. Always put him on the side – with a proper bed railing, of course!
Every parent must know how to co-sleep with baby to prevent accidents. Remember all the tips we’ve listed to protect your child from harm even while you’re sleeping.