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Making Co Sleeping Safe And Comfortable

Making Co Sleeping Safe And Comfortable

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The practice of co-sleeping is very common in Indian households wherein the baby sleeps in close proximity to the parents and not in a separate room.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Choose Co-sleeping According to Comfort. The choice of co-sleeping with your baby depends upon many factors. If you are out for work the whole day then you may want to sleep beside your baby at night. If your baby gets up several times during the night for her feeds, it becomes convenient for both you and the baby to co-sleep. Babies aged 9 months and above tend to get restless during the night more often and they may need to be near you.

Ensure Safety For Your Baby While Co-sleeping.

Co-sleeping is a good idea but you need to exercise certain precautions while co-sleeping with your baby to ensure the baby’s safety. Some of the measures that you can take are:

Prevent Your Baby from Falling off the Bed. Make sure your baby sleeps away from the edges of the bed. Use pillows or bed-guards to prevent falling. You can also put the baby adjacent to a wall, but cover the edges with pillows to prevent your baby from rubbing against it. It is ideal to make the baby sleep between both the parents.

Use a Comfortable Mattress. The mattress of your baby’s bed should be firm and not too soft to prevent suffocation or overheating. If you are using a cotton mattress, it should not be lumpy and it should have uniform thickness.

Use Lightweight Blankets To Avoid Suffocation. Use lightweight blankets and sheets for your baby. In winters, avoid heavy blankets as they may suffocate the baby accidentally. Use 2-3 lightweight blankets instead, to keep the baby warm. Take precautions to prevent the baby’s head from getting covered in sheets/blankets while sleeping as it may suffocate the baby.

Maximize Comfort With Diapers or Plastic Sheets. If you do not use diapers at night for the baby, you may need to spread a plastic sheet underneath the baby. Cover the plastic sheet with a cotton sheet to make the baby feel comfortable.

Pillow Precautions. Using a mustard or rye pillow for newborn babies is common in India. But consult your pediatrician, before doing so. Also, do not use a soft pillow, as your baby may roll off it. If there is any gap between the headrest or wall and the mattress, make sure to fill it firmly with sheets or pillows, to prevent the baby from falling into the crevice. Do not crowd the bed with pillows and toys.

Toddlers and Infants Should Not Sleep Together. Do not let your toddler and younger baby co-sleep, adjacent to each other. Toddlers tend to move and roll over a lot while sleeping and they may roll over or push the younger baby. They may also unintentionally hurt the younger baby while sleeping. So always make sure that either of the parents sleeps between the two babies.

Co-Sleeping Builds Strong Bonds.

Co-sleeping is an entirely personal decision that is largely affected by the emotional quotient of every society, though it definitely strengthens the bond between parents and babies. If you choose co-sleeping, it becomes necessary to exercise various precautionary measures as discussed above to ensure the safety of your baby. But a little common sense and vigilance can make it very simple.

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