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Should we let the baby sleep in the master bed?

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Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hallanswered
Pediatrics 38 years experience
No: Although there are many advocates of co-sleeping (parents and babies in the same bed), this is not a safe practice. It is definitely associated with a higher incidence of sudden infant death syndrome, and it's simply not worth the risk. The american academy of pediatrics recommends against it. When the baby has passed the age for sids risk (1 year old), bringing your child into your bed is safe.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No: A baby is safer when sleeping in a bassinet or a crib. Adult beds are not designed for babies, and thus can be dangerous for babies to sleep in.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: The official recommendation of the american academy of pediatrics is not to do this.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
RISKY BEHAVIOR: The classical story of the wisdom of Solomon described one woman stealing the infant of another because hers died when "overlain" or smothered by the sleeping mother.We lose approx 100 infants per year due to co-sleeping.Your choice, but I would NEVER suggest it.

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Is it safe to sleep with our baby in our bed?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
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No: Absolutely not. Nice feeling to be next to your baby, but not the safest thing to do at all. Too many horror stories have happened that i've seen (falling off bed, skull fractures, suffocation, baby head stuck b/t mattress and head board) which was never intentional. Plus baby needs to know where their sleep haven is.
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No: Hundreds of babies die in the us every year because of co-sleeping. They are either suffocated when mom rolls over on them or strangle in the bed clothes. Same room is fine same bed is not.

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