One thing we all want as parents, is for our baby to sleep. Sometimes though, in the heat of the sleep-deprived moment, safety can be compromised. Please, from one parent to another, make sure your baby sleeps safely. There is a wealth of information available about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) both online and in print. The following recommendations are from the Sids and Kids website, which you can access by clicking here.
How to Sleep your Baby Safely:
1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered
3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
4. Provide a safe sleeping environment
5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months
6. Breastfeed baby if you can
The Sids and Kids website is an invaluable source of information about many aspects of safe baby sleep, including how to make up your baby’s cot, and co-sleeping. If you only do one thing today, make sure your baby’s sleeping environment is safe. Our children are too precious to take chances.
Some of you may be thinking “but you’ve co-slept for months, how can you preach about sleep safety?”. Well friends, I co-sleep with Ryder as safely as I can. He sleeps on my side of the bed, usually in a sleeping bag or sleep suit which eliminates the need to be under our blankets. If he is under our blankets, they are tucked under his arms and I constantly check him through the night to make sure he is safe and is not overheating. As a result of co-sleeping I have become a very light sleeper, and wake several times a night just to check on Ryder. Some may say I’m crazy and I’d be far better off putting him in his cot, but at the moment, co-sleeping is what works for us. Everyone in the house sleeps better and are more rested come morning. Yes, we co-sleep, but we do it SAFELY.
Here are some tips about safely co-sleeping with your baby. Wherever you choose to have your baby sleep, please take the time to check the guidelines and put them into practise. We will all sleep better at night knowing that our babies are sleeping, and that they are sleeping safely.