The number of SIDS cases in the United States has dropped significantly over the past twenty years. Part of that success has come from the pediatric advice about co-sleeping. That is to say, be very cautious about sharing a bed with your baby.
The Importance of Breaking the Habit of Co-sleeping For over 25 years, Dr. Michael Malloy has needed with newly delivered parents and their brand new babies before they leave the hospital. Other important recommendations for your baby’s sleeping environment include use of firm mattress. Never place your baby on soft sleeping surface like water beds, fluffy pillows or soft mattresses. Use appropriate bedding that won’t overheat the baby or possibly hinder her breathing by gathering near her mouth and nose. Additionally, use a crib that is recommended and approved by the Consumer Product Safely Commission. These cribs make certain safety standards in there construction so that: a. they won’t collapse and b. they won't allow an infant to get their head stock between the slots which bring eyes back to the subject of co-sleeping or share your bed with your baby or an older sibling. Remember, at this age, babies are essentially ennobled which means they can’t get out of their way if larger person crowds them or rolls over on them. It’s perfectly natural for you to want your baby close to you for bonding and breastfeeding purposes. As such experts recommend that you move your baby’s approved crib into your bedroom instead. Remember, while—deaths have fallen sharply, sudden infant death syndrome is still is a very real threat to newborns. Therefore, it’s extremely important to provide a safe sleeping environment for your child and to do so the moment you bring your newborn home.