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February 2018

Parents Urged To Be Aware Of The Risks Of Co-Sleeping

The Baby Show sleep expert Lucy Shrimpton, has given her advice to parents after shocking statistics revealed in January confirmed that a total of 665 babies have died since 2013, two a week, because they were left to sleep in the same bed as their parent

Lucy states, “The statistics are awful and far too high but there are many ways to prevent them. Newborns are so vulnerable, I don’t believe there is such a thing as safely co-sleeping with a baby under six months. So many aspects of co-sleeping completely go against the safety guidelines. The safe way for babies to sleep is on their back, feet to the foot end, no loose covers, and they are best off in a sleep suit or sack.

“Safety, surely, is the highest thing on any parent’s list. Many parents feeding their baby in the middle of the night will so easily drift off with them in their arms but even that’s dangerous and it’s not even co-sleeping! Use a phone or an app to ensure you are prompted to get your baby back to a sleep space, for their own safety.

“When putting your baby to sleep, set up a situation where you are not endangering your baby.  A baby is best suited sleeping on its back, in a flat crib, cot or Moses basket with no loose covers.  Putting them in a grown-up bed is the immediate opposite of that, for so many reasons.  With pillows and covers everywhere, and the fact they could easily slip off the bed, it’s just not worth the risk. Parents are sleep deprived, exhausted and are often not aware of the risks they are taken. Remember, you can’t effectively take care of your baby when you’re asleep.

“Of course, co-sleeping can be perfectly fine for some families in suitable situations – usually when a child is older. Parents just need to be very aware of the dangers that co-sleeping can bring and to seriously consider the safety aspects beyond all else.” Find more advice from Lucy at sleepnanny.co.uk

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