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Can Co-Sleeping Be Safe For Baby?

Can Co-Sleeping Be Safe For Baby?

Many parents have differing opinions on whether sleeping with their baby is a beneficial and safe practice.  Mothers who breastfeed often sleep with their infants to make those midnight feedings a little easier.  Some parents also feel sleeping with their baby gives them the extra bonding time they need.  But is it safe?

A new study recently released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) shows a rise in accidental suffocation related deaths of infants who sleep with their parents.  According to the study, 315 babies were suffocated when a parent accidentally rolled over on them in bed during the years of 2003 and 2004. 

CNN released a report with the study’s findings and also spoke with women who are both for and against parents co-sleeping with their young babies.  One woman by the name of Lisa West-Mullen urges parents to heed the advice of the CDC as she lost her 4-month-old when she accidentally rolled over on him in bed one morning. 

Another woman from the report finds that sleeping with her infant to be perfectly safe.  Beverly Steiger said, “It’s really hard to explain, but you have such a heightened awareness when you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby.  I would never, ever roll over on him.  It would never, ever happen.”  Pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears agrees with Steiger.  He believes the CDC report doesn’t prove co-sleeping is really dangerous.  He stressed that if co-sleeping is done correctly it can be very safe. 

There are other options of course for the parent who wants to sleep near their baby but worries about safety issues.  Devices like the co-sleeper, a crib that attaches to the bed, are made for parents who want to be in arm’s reach of their baby but don’t want to share a bed.  There are also small protective infant sleepers that fit right into the parents’ bed with hard sides that can prevent accidents. 

To view the CNN video clip regarding the CDC reports you can visit:
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2009/02/23/cohen.cosleep.dangers.cnn

What do you think about the latest CDC report that shows a rise in infant co-sleeping related accidents?

Do you think sleeping with an infant can be done safely?



 

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  • Elmosgirl2005 By Elmosgirl2005
    06.13.09  

    I breastfed my daughter for her first month and she would rotate between sleeping in her basinett and sleeping in the bed with mommy and daddy. Whichever one she felt more comfortable with when she was laid down. I never laid her inbetween the two of us because daddy moves a lot in his sleep so I keep her close to me, and she's did perfectly fine. I know this may freak some parents out but she's been sleeping in her crib in her own room since I stopped breastfeeding (1 month old). I have the baby monitor sitting in the corner of her crib and I keep the other monitor right next to my bed on full blast and I can hear her every breath, whimper, cry and movement. I wake up to the sound of her waking up. It's kind of like giving her a little independence

  • amberesch By amberesch
    06.17.09  

    i co slept with both my children when they were very new, i could not sleep without them right next to me otherwise i was up every 15 minutes making sure they were breathing, i know there are risks but for me i felt very safe with them next to me, not at all about laziness

  • xlessliex By xlessliex
    06.22.09  

    I beleive that as long as you are cautious about co-sleeping with you baby than it is perfectly fine, I mean if you a re addicted to drugs or taking certain medications ( that may make u drowsey or put u in a deep sleep ) then i DO NOT believe u should allow co-sleeping becasue then you relally may roll over on them or ect and not be aware while ur sleeping that the baby is there iwht you. BUt i do co sleeep with my 4m otnh old as i did with my 1st son when he turnd 4 moths old, I dnt think a newborn baby shold be slept with because they are soooooo tiny . Also my hubby sleeps on the couch since he doesnt like the Bed for his back, so i mean yoyu know how u are with your child and how u are when u sleep so if u belive it is safe for u as an individual and considering you have a healthy baby than why not!!! Just be extremely cautious,,,, (( AND REMEMBER IT MAY BE HARDER FOR THEM TO SLEEP ALONE AFTER SLEEPING WIHT YOU EVEYRNITE WHEN THEY WERE BABIES))

  • avasmommy53009 By avasmommy53009
    09.03.09  

    Of course not!! I accidentally fell asleep with my daughter once and she rolled off of my bed at 2 months old!! It scared the crap out of me when she started screaming! Luckily i was still moving in and it was just a box spring and matress on the floor but still!! Also , my mom didnt co-sleep with me and im just gonna be honest i crawled out of bed and snuck into their room and i ended up sleepng with them until i was about 9 or 10.. i always had to be touching their feet or something to feel safe... when ava gets old enough i wouldnt mind her sleeping with me every once in a while... her crib is in my bedroom..

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