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Is co-sleeping safe?
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July 16th, 2007
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Ava co-slept with us until she was 6 months. I felt safe having her near me. I didn't even like her in the bassinet on the side of our bed. At 6 months we knew we had to move her into her crib b/c we only have a full sized bed. It was cheaper to move her out then buy a bigger bed. Most nights she ends up with us toward the morning around 5 or 6. Since Jesse's been working nights she's been with me in bed.
It's hard b/c she sleeps better with us and I love smelling her morning breathe. lol
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replied July 17th, 2007
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Eiri wrote:
Whoever had th suggestion of the crib at the same level as the bed... is the crib pushed up against the bed and held in place somehow? That sounds really neat, because then the baby has a bed but he's close to mommy and daddy.

I know the risk of sids is increased by blankets and cushions, so having the baby actually sleeping on the firm baby mattress and having his own blanket is really nice. And for feeding, you just scoop him into your arms, feed, and then roll him back over lol.



I did that! Don't know if you are talking about me or not tho. But we pushed it up against the bed and put something heavy behind it so it couldn't move away from the bed. It was our attempts to get him to start sleeping in his own bed after 3 months of co-sleeping. And he hadn't been rolling then or anything so there wasn't a risk of him falling off.. I know they do make special bassinets that attach to/or sit flesh with the bed that you can buy.. I just improvised with the crib!
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replied July 18th, 2007
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AyaMiyaki wrote:
Well, I know that when I started co-sleeping it was a complete accident. Alyvia was a few weeks old and was nursing every few hours. I was completely exhausted and could hardly keep my eyes open while I fed her. I started to get paranoid that .I'd fall asleep and lose my grip on her, so I started nursing her in bed. Suddenly everything became so much easier. She started sleeping better, I started sleeping better...



That's how it happened for me too. I co-slept with Chu while I breastfed. I think that the claim that you could possibly roll over onto your child and suffocate him/her is ridiculous. I was previously a very heavy sleeper but there must be some sort of parental instinct that kicks in when you sleep with baby because you're asleep but it's a very light sleep and I could feel every wiggle, every move, every roll and hear every sigh. It actually worked out better for us than putting him in his own bed in the room because i was able to respond more quickly. He would start to get restless and before he had a chance to cry he was already being fed. We could both perform our "feeding" roles while sleeping. He was happier and I was more rested. Much easier all around. We stopped co-sleeping once he stopped waking during the night which was fairly early on. Around 3 or 4 months I think. But just like Laura, I don't think I'd do it again because I wouldn't want to take the chance that the next baby will have a different personality type and want to sleep with me all the time.
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replied July 23rd, 2007
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i actually heard that co-sleeping is good for them.. i used to co-sleep until a few weeks ago. it happened accidentally as well because he got really sick at 1 month old and i wanted to be close by and it lasted until his 7 month.

By the way when does SIDS risk start to decrease?
and i agree kay...there is no way anyone would roll over and forget thier child...ur instincs are powerful ! i sleep with one eye open but not literally lol.
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replied July 24th, 2007
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SIDS risk decreases at 6 months. By the time they can roll over by themselves, they are at significantly less risk.
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replied May 2nd, 2008
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Ladylee said: Honestly, even if I didn't co-sleep with Nathan I probably would have still ended up with a insomnia. When he went into his own crib at around 3 to 4 months, I was constantly listening to him throughout the night wondering if he was still breathing.
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I was like that last night. My daughter is just over 5 months old. She normally sleeps with us due to her waking up so much to feed, but last night i decided to try her in her own crib, which is on the other side of our bedroom. I even bought one of those Angelcare monitors that measure heart rate, and I found myself listening t the beeps. Every time i came across one that was slightly slower than the rest I'd panic. I tried turning the beep off and I fond myself still panicking and not sleeping at all. So finally around 1 or 2 am I gave up and brought her into our bed again when she needed to feed. I plan to try and get her in her crib full time after a year when the risk of SIDS is pretty much absent.
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replied May 2nd, 2008
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Bratz72 wrote:
My daughter never slept in a crib...I had one for her but i was too afraid for her to sleep in it so I never bothered to set it up ...only downside too it was weening her off sleeping with me and into her own bed ...she slept with me until she was almost 3


How did you train her to sleep in her own bed? How long did it take?
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replied May 2nd, 2008
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My DD slept with us for a couple of years and then had no problem going into her own room and into her own bed.
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