Where do your babies sleep, in bed with you or in a crib?
Despite the incidence of infant deaths due to drop-side cribs - now banned in the U.S. for causing entrapment - and even if it was not exactly considered safe for babies to sleep in adult beds, a recent poll concludes that co-sleeping (the act of sleeping in the same room as a child) is safer for babies than cribs.
Babies can easily get out of drop-side cribs and children can get trapped in them when there are broken or missing parts. Over nine million drop-side cribs have been recalled since 2007, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Co-sleeping, on the other hand, may cause injury to infants and may even cause death if safe co-sleeping practices are not observed, such as:
• Avoiding fluffy pillows that can cause suffocation, using fitted sheets and ensuring there are no gaps between the bed and the wall where baby can fall into. Waterbeds and broken mattresses, of course, are a no-no as well. • Keeping the temperature just right so you don’t end up pulling up the sheets too high to accidentally hamper baby’s breathing. • Avoiding sleep-inducing medication. If you are extremely tired and there’s a high chance you may sleep soundly throughout the night, make sure there is another responsible adult who can look after the baby • Avoiding wearing strangulation hazards such as jewelry, strings or cords.
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