Guidelines for Co-Sleeping Safely With Your Baby
- Use a non-toxic, natural organic mattress to avoid toxic gas and chemical exposure from mattress.
- Use a large bed with a firm, clean mattress that fits snugly against the rail or is flush up against a wall. The mattress should tightly intersect the bed-frame.
- Take precautions to prevent baby from rolling out of bed. Use a mesh guardrail and be sure the guardrail is flush against the mattress and fill in any crevice with a rolled-up cotton baby blanket or towel.
- Baby should sleep next to mother, rather than between mother and father.
- There should not be any stuffed animals or pillows around the baby, and the baby should never be placed to sleep on top of a pillow.
- Don’t use sheepskins or fluffy bedding or cover baby with comforters, etc.
- Do not use a water bed.
- Do not put baby to sleep on a beanbag chair or mattress.
- Babies should never sleep on couches or sofas, with or without adults, where they can slip down (face first) into the crevice or get wedged against the back of a couch.
- Do not sleep with your baby if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or sleep-inducing over-the-counter medications or if you are overly exhausted from sleep deprivation
- Do not let baby sleep unattended on an adult bed.
- Don’t overly cover and bundle the baby, because they get additional warmth from the mother’s body. Overheating can be dangerous to babies. Use only light, comfortable 100% cotton blankets and bedding. The baby’s head should never be covered.
- Extremely obese persons, who may not feel where exactly or how close their infant is, may wish to have the infant sleep alongside but on a different surface.
- Always place baby to sleep on their back.
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