Series Meeting 2 is supposed to be something about preparing for baby – we took that as the jumping off place for discussing a topic that has been much in the news: co-sleeping. Specifically we talked about planning for safe co-sleeping. It’s a behavior that is practiced by many, admitted by few, except at LLL meetings! Your doctor may say don’t do it, but your tired body has to sleep somewhere, and planned co-sleeping in a bed is safer than accidental co-sleeping in a bed or on a couch or recliner.
You may think that you’re never going to share a bed with your baby, and you might not, but all parents should know how to bedshare safely should the situation arise. Here’s the 411:
- Parents should not sleep with their babies if they are smokers or have ingested alcohol or drugs.
- Cosleep only on beds, not on couches or recliners
- Bedding should be tight fitting to the mattress.
- The mattress should be tight fitting to the headboard of the bed.
- There should not be any loose pillows or soft blankets near the baby’s face.
- There should not be any space between the bed and adjoining wall where the baby could roll and become trapped.
- The baby should not be placed on its stomach.
- Do not cosleep if you drink alcohol or medications that make you sleepy, take drugs, or smoke
We had 2 members, 2 returning non-members, 3 first-time attendees, and 2 Leaders in attendance. — Christy