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Is Co-Sleeping with your Baby Safe?

From generation to generation, one question always on the mind of new parents is “How do I get my baby to sleep?” Recently, a strong case has been made for the issue of not how, but where your child should sleep. It’s a question that has spurred much debate between parents, doctors, and experts alike, with no universal consensus to be agreed upon. See why the world’s leading infant sleep experts are at odds when it comes to co-sleeping, and decide where you stand in the debate.

What is co-sleeping?

Co-sleeping is when a mother chooses to have her newborn or breastfeeding child sleep very close to her instead of in a separate room. Co-sleeping can include bed-sharing, where the child sleeps beside the mother, or be room-sharing, where the baby sleeps in a crib or bassinet within arm’s reach of the mother’s bed. “In the context of infant care practices, mother-infant co-sleeping refers to any situation in which mother and baby are close enough in proximity to one another to be able to detect the sensory signals and cues of the ... Read more

Kim West, LCSW-C
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