Guidelines for Sleeping Safely With Your Baby

Guidelines for Co-Sleeping Safely With Your Baby

  1. Use a non-toxic, natural organic mattress to avoid toxic gas and chemical exposure from mattress.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Baby should sleep next to mother, rather than between mother and father.
  5. 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.
  6. Don’t use sheepskins or fluffy bedding or cover baby with comforters, etc.
  7. Do not use a water bed.
  8. Do not put baby to sleep on a beanbag chair or mattress.
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. Do not let baby sleep unattended on an adult bed.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Always place baby to sleep on their back.


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