3 simple ways to make co-sleeping safer
1.The Baby's position
Babies should always sleep on their backs on a firm surface, without blankets which could cover their faces, and away from soft objects which could entrap their faces and cause suffocation.
2.Being aware of the responsibilities
If you choose to co-sleep with your infant, there are some important parent responsibilities:
- Both parents must be aware of the co-sleeping infant and understand the responsibility.
- Never co-sleep if taking sedatives (anything that might make you sleepy), if intoxicated, or otherwise unable to wake easily.
Know, too, that adult beds are not designed for infant safety. Babies should only be placed on a separate, firm surface.
3.The side mattresses
There are co-sleeping infant beds which can be attached to the side of the parents’ bed or placed on top of the parents’ mattress. While these are certainly safer than being directly on the parents’ bed. As with any infant crib, make sure the mattress fits snugly against the sides of the infant sleeper.