Safe bed-sharing Guide
Safe bed-sharing Guide:
- Take precautions to prevent baby from rolling out of bed and ensure there is no crevice that baby could slip into.
- Place baby adjacent to mother, rather than between mother and father.
- Place baby to sleep on her back.
- Ensure all blankets are kept well away from baby and do not put baby on a pillow or use a duvet on a baby's bed.
- Use a large bed, preferably a queen-size or king-size.
- For some parents and babies a bedside co-sleeper is a safer option.
Do not sleep with your baby if:
- You are under the influence of any drug (such as alcohol or tranquilizing medications) that diminishes your sensitivity to your baby's presence.
- You are obese.
- You are exhausted from sleep deprivation.
- You are breastfeeding a baby on a cushiony surface, such as a waterbed or couch.
- You are the child's baby-sitter.
- Do not bed share with your baby if you or your partner smoke.
- Don't allow older siblings to sleep with a baby under nine months.
- Don't fall asleep with baby on a couch.
- Do not allow pets to sleep on the same bed as your baby.
- Do not sleep with baby on a free-floating, wavy waterbed or similar "sinky" surface.
- Don't overheat or overwrap baby.
- Don't wear nightwear with long strings or dangling jewelry longer than eight inches.
- Avoid pungent hair sprays, deodorants, and perfumes which may irritate and clog baby's tiny nasal passage.
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