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Is it a good idea to co-sleep with my baby?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 10 years experience
No: The aap does not reccomend it, due to hundreds of reported deaths, and the majority were infants young than 3 months. Most causes include suffocation when the baby gets trapped against a matress, pillow or headboard or rolled over by and adult or older children.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: The great wisdom of soloman was expressed in the bible after a woman had "overlain" her infant & stole a baby to replace it. Though comforting to babe (who would like to be back in the womb) or mom (who loves being a needed). The danger is the same now as then. Babies die every year from this practice. They leave the womb with great potential & can learn to sleep alone if you let them.
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Is it beneficial to co-sleep with your baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Hundreds of babies die yearly when mothers smother the child during co-sleeping or they strangle in the bedding. The aap & other health agencies frown on this as a potential life threatening habit. Same room -yes/same bed -no.
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Last updated Jul 4, 2014

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