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

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Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 9 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 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 a good idea to nurse my baby to sleep?

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Dr. Scott Tomaine
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No: The key to infant sleep is teaching your baby to fall asleep on his or her own. Infants who fall asleep at the breast, or in your arms, have trouble staying asleep for long periods and often have overall poor sleep. I recommend a good, stable bedtime routine, similar bedtime ( sometime between 7 and 9), and putting the baby in his or her crib before they are totally asleep. Be consistent.
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A 22-year-old male asked:

Is it safe to co-sleep with your baby?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
No: Generally, cosleeping is not safe. There are some cribs and basinettes which can be placed right up against the side of your bed so that your baby is close to you, but still on a safe, firm, approved sleeping surface. Never let baby sleep on a soft thick pillow or blanket.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Is it beneficial to co-sleep with your baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 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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