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Recommendations; The SAFEST place to sleep your baby is in a cot NEXT to the parents bed for the first six to twelve months of life as this has been shown to lower the risk of SIDS. Issues?
Sharing a sleep surface with a baby must be avoided in the following circumstances where Baby shares the surface with a smoker Care-giver is under influence of alcohol or drugs that cause sedation Caregiver is overtired There is adult bedding, eg doonas, pillows Baby could get trapped between the wall and bed,fall out of bed or get rolled on Baby is sharing bed with other children or pets Baby is placed to sleep on sofa or couch, beanbag, water bed or sagging mattress Babies must never be left alone on an adult bed or put to sleep on a sofa/couch
SHARING SLEEP SURFACES WITH A BABY INCREASES THE RISK OF SIDS AND FATAL SLEEP ACCIDENTS IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES Put baby on the back to sleep (not on the tummy or side). Make sure the mattress is firm and flat Make sure that bedding cannot cover the babys face. Use only lightweight blankets, keep pillows, doonas and any other soft items well away from the baby and make sure there is nothing soft underneath the baby e.g. lambs wool.
Place the baby at the side of one parent - not in between two parents, as this would increase the likelihood of the baby becoming covered or slipping underneath adult bedding. Ensure that the baby is not close to the edge of the bed where he/she can fall off. Do not place pillows at the side of the baby to prevent rolling off. A safer alternative is to place the adult mattress on the floor. Ensure baby is not wrapped if bed sharing with a care- giver
Pushing the bed up against the wall can be hazardous. Babies have died after becoming trapped between the bed and the wall. As an alternative to bedding, an infant sleeping bag may be used so that the baby does not share the adult bedding. A safe infant sleeping bag is one with fitted neck and armholes.
Monday, Nov /Bad-news-dads-Babies-share-mothers-bed-age-good- hearts.html Bad news for dads: Babies 'should share mother's bed until age three' because it's good for their hearts Sleeping alone makes it harder for mother and child to bond - and damages the development of the brain, leading to bad behaviour as the child grows up, researchers fear. Dr Nils Bergman, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, says that for optimal development, healthy newborns should sleep on their mothers chest for the first few weeks After that, they should stay in the mothers bed until they are three or even four years old.
With special thanks to Professor (Adj) Jeanine Young FRCNA PhD BSc (Hons) Adv Diploma Nursing RGN EM Neonatal Nurse Nursing Director - Research, Royal Children's Hospital & Health Service Children's Health Services Adjunct Professor, Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Griffith University Adjunct Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queensland University of Technology Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Queensland, School of Nursing & Midwifery
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For further information contact SIDS and Kids Victoria Jill Green National Coordinator of Education and Bereavement Services