Before you even have your baby, there are so many things to think about in order to prepare. One of those things that you start to think about is where you will have your baby sleep.
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Where Should a Newborn Sleep?
Chances are that if you have a newborn then you have a lot of questions surrounding the topic of sleep. Where should they sleep? Can they sleep in bed with me? Now the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some guidelines that will help your baby to sleep safely.
Share a Room, Not a Bed
It is recommended that your baby is in the same room as you for at least the first 6 months of their life. Ideally, a whole year because the risk of SIDS goes down. Having them in the same room makes it easier for nighttime feedings and for when they cry out in the night as well.
But it is not recommended that they share a bed with you. Because there are a lot of safety hazards. There are blankets and pillows that pose a suffocation hazard. Or your baby might end up falling off the bed. Or you or your spouse might end up rolling over your baby in the middle of the night. It is not considered safe to be sharing a bed. But the room is ideal.
Use a Firm Sleep Surface
This could be a variety of surfaces. You could use a crib. Or a bassinet. As well as a playpen or a bedside sleeper. For my baby, when she was first born, we had a playpen that had an attachment where you could insert a top portion that could be used for a bassinet.
She slept in that for about 6 months until she was sitting up. And she was inside of my room for those first 6 months as well. Then I had her sleeping inside of the playpen until she was 1 year old. She was then transitioned into a crib.
Places Your Baby Should Never Sleep
There are certain areas where your baby should never sleep because they pose a safety hazard. These include:
- a couch
- an armchair
- a swing
- a rocker
This isn’t inherently unsafe, but you should try to not let your baby fall asleep in your arms. This can create a bad habit that can make it difficult for them to sleep later on. That they might have a hard time with self-soothing, being able to put themselves back to sleep when they wake up again.
Where does your baby sleep?
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