Sleep is a luxury you won’t get much of once your baby is born. And if you’re dreaming of peacefully dozing together in the same bed, especially if you’re nursing your baby, you should know there are some serious safety concerns in sleeping with your baby.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby be close to you, such as in a bassinet by the bed, but not in the same bed. Statistics show that babies who are share a bed with adults are at risk for falling out of the bed, suffocating in the blankets, becoming trapped by the bed’s frame or headboard, or being rolled on.
So what can you do when you’re torn between wanting your baby close by so that breastfeeding through the night is doable but are also worried about hurting your baby?
Many moms start the baby sleeping beside the bed in a bassinet designed for infant sleeping. Research shows that having your baby in the same room as you decreases her risk of SIDS by 20%. You may even sleep better because you won’t be worried about the possibility of him or her being hurt while in the bed with you. Then you can nestle down near your little one and get some much deserved sleep!