8 Safe Co-Sleeping Positions for Your Baby
Within the first months after birth, you’re going to co-sleep with your baby at least a few times.
It’s natural to have your regular sleep schedule disrupted with an infant. With co-sleeping, it’s easier to reach your baby and feed or comfort them without having to get up out of bed.
Experts also say that the safest place for your infant to sleep in the first six months is in a Moses basket or cot in your room.
If you’re seriously considering co-sleeping, what are some things that you should know? Most importantly, how do you ensure the utmost safety when bed sharing with your little one?
Your sleeping position can mean the difference between life and death.
Keep reading to learn more about safe co-sleeping positions.
Safe Co-Sleeping Positions
1. Create a C-shape.
The most important thing to remember when co-sleeping is to create a C-shape with your lower arm. Your arm will serve as a block preventing your baby from rolling forward or backward. This position also keeps potentially hazardous objects like pillows or blankets away from your baby.
2. Position baby away from bedding.
Why should your baby be kept away from pillows, blankets, or stray toys? Because it can suffocate them. So, make sure that these objects are away from your baby’s head. Your bedding should also be light and minimal. Use light sheets and blankets instead of a duvet.
3. Stay close beside your infant.
Never leave your baby alone by themselves. Your infant, no matter how small, can wriggle across the sleep surface and fall off or they can be accidentally smothered in bedding.
4. Ensure enough space.
Don’t force everyone to squeeze in. A bigger bed is recommended for co-sleeping. If you can, get a bigger sleeping surface. If this is not possible, consider having one parent sleep in a different room or bed for a certain time.
5. Have baby face you.
Always have your baby face you, whether your co-sleeping and breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. This makes it easier to form the protective C-shape position.
6. Sleep on your left side.
Doctors recommend sleeping on your left side during pregnancy. Since you may have gotten used to this position before birth, it may be beneficial to continue sleeping this way.
7. Use the log position.
The log position is when you sleep on your side, with legs extended straight and arms down by your side. This is an ideal sleeping position for co-sleeping parents. Your body uses up less space, and your arms and legs are away from the baby. This minimizes the chance of accidentally bumping them while sleeping.
8. Use a co-sleeper.
If you are set on bed sharing but don’t want to excessively worry about safety, consider buying a co-sleeper. Co-sleepers can be positioned on your bed or fit beside it. See our complete review of the best co-sleepers of the year.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends co-sleeping and encourages parents to share a room with the baby for at least the first six months to a year. Keeping your baby close by lowers the risk of SIDS by up to 50%.
A co-sleeper is a sleeping surface designed for your baby’s safety and comfort. They fit the side of your bed so you can easily access your child, while some can be directly placed on top of your bed.