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Is it ok for me to let our baby sleep on the couch?

Is it ok for me to let our baby sleep on the couch?

No: It is never safe to let your baby sleep unattended on the couch. The baby may roll off unexpectedly, and the couch is usually soft which is a risk factor for sids (if baby turns prone). In addition, baby should never sleep on the couch with an adult, because this has been shown to be a significant risk factor for sids. The couch, while comfortable for an adult nap, is not a safe place for baby. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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I give my son Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep. The problem is that he hates to take them. Could I put it in his food to make it easier on him and get the same effect?

I give my son Ambien (zolpidem) for sleep. The problem is that he hates to take them. Could I put it in his food to make it easier on him and get the same effect?

He should see doctor: How old is your son ? Ambien (zolpidem) is not recommended for children. It is critical that he be seen by his own doctor to determine cause of sleep problems and determine best treatment . U also want to identify what he dislikes about taking it; Once understood, the doctor can work with you and your son to treat sleep issues in a way that is comfortable for him ...Read more

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When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

When is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on his stomach?

Rolling over: Once a baby can roll over well, both directions, between his stomach and his back - this usually occurs by about age 6 months. Before this is true, babies should sleep only on their back to help prevent sids. ...Read more

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When is it ok to let my baby sleep alone?

When is it ok to let my baby sleep alone?

0 months: Babies are not born knowing how to sleep but learn based on their environmental habits after birth. As long as baby is in a safe sleeping environment (placed on back, hard mattress, approved crib/bassinet, no crib bumper, etc), baby can sleep alone. Mothers and babies who co-sleep sleep less deeply. ...Read more

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Is it safe for dogs to lick babies on the mouth my daughter in law allows their dog to lick their baby on the mouth. She says that it is safe. Please let me know if this is safe for the baby.

Is it safe for dogs to lick babies on the mouth my daughter in law allows their dog to lick their baby on the mouth. She says that it is safe. Please let me know if this is safe for the baby.

By : By asking this question on this forum, you already question the safety of your daugther-in-law's decisions, and therefore you have already answered your own question. Dogs lick the floor, their hair, and even their private parts. I know i would not want to have that tongue anywhere near my mouth. At the very least it is unsanitary, and that is not good for the infant. ...Read more

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When is it ok for me to leave the house with my baby?

When is it ok for me to leave the house with my baby?

Depends on situation: What a baby is exposed to, not going out that can be a problem.Babies under 8 wks of age are at risk of germs acquired at birth that could produce meningitis or blood poisoning.Fever at that age willusually result in hospital admission. Public contact with those that may bring fever producing colds or other illness can lead to an avoidable hospitalization.Simple walks outsid are fine.Shopping not. ...Read more

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Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Is it safe to put my baby to sleep in a travel crib all the time?

Yes: Make sure it is safe and the appropriate size for your baby. Check the mattress, as many models of travel cribs provide a very thin one. Many online vendors sell the thicker travel crib mattresses that may be more comfortable for your baby. Avoid anything else in the crib like pillows, blankets a baby may become entangled in and toys. Check always for recalls and safety issues with your crib. ...Read more

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Is it true that it's ok to let ur baby cry in the morning? They say it's good for the lungs?

Is it true that it's ok to let ur baby cry in the morning? They say it's good for the lungs?

No: Your baby is crying because it wants something. Either the baby is hungry, wet or dirty, or uncomfortable. You should check and see, make sure there is no fever and try to soothe your baby. ...Read more

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When is it ok to put my baby to sleep on her side or belly?

When is it ok to put my baby to sleep on her side or belly?

1 years: Studies show that babies who are put to sleep on their backs have lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (sids). While it's true that your crawling 10 month old will likely roll around in his sleep, the official recommendation is that children under the age of 1 year should be put to sleep on their backs. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for my baby to sleep on her tummy?

Is it dangerous for my baby to sleep on her tummy?

Yes: It is a somewhat dangerous for a baby to sleep on his/her tummy, even though few babies die of sids. Years ago in america, when babies slept on their tummies, about 3 babies out of every 1000 would die of sids. Nowadays, when babies sleep on their backs, about 1 to 1.5 babies per 1000 die of sids. So, the chances dying from sids is higher if sleeping on his/her tummy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Can you tell me exactly when is it safe to allow a baby to sleep on its stomach?

Varies : I don't put them down on their bellies until after a year of age. After they begin to turn over on their own around 4-5 mo the stastical risk of crib death has declined & i don't wake them to re-position them. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put my baby in a carseat and leave her in bed with me she only seems comfee this way and she crystal nonstop in her bed what do I do.?

Is it ok to put my baby in a carseat and leave her in bed with me she only seems comfee this way and she crystal nonstop in her bed what do I do.?

Sorry, no.: To reduce her chance of sids by 50%, put her in her own crib on her back, drowsy but awake. She'll consolidate sleep between 1-4 mos. If you allow her to learn to settle herself down. If not nursing, in her own room.Same time every night, read, rock, & wipe out her mouth after the last feed before implicit memory @ 5 mos & learned behaviors @ 6 mos. Cause persistent sleep problems. See www.Aap.Org. ...Read more

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At 21 weeks is it ok to sleep on your back? I heard that as the baby grows and you continue to sleep this way, it could cut off circulation. T/false?

At 21 weeks is it ok to sleep on your back? I heard that as the baby grows and you continue to sleep this way, it could cut off circulation. T/false?

It's OK: Putting baby to sleep on belly was recommended according to an old research which showed chance of baby choking on their saliva. It has been proved in many studies now that its not true. Babies who sleep on their back do just as well as babies who sleep on their bellies. ...Read more

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Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Why is it bad to let the baby fall asleep with the bottle?

Tooth decay: Babies who fall asleep with a bottle in their mouths are sleeping with milk sugar on their teeth. This leads to baby bottle tooth decay. It is much better to use a pacifier, if needed, at bedtime. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When is it safe for my child to sleep on her belly?

When they can roll: When babies can roll over, and do it well from front to back, it is safe for them to sleep on their bellies because they can push themselves over if they need. Of course, when they can roll from front to back and they go to their bellies on their own, it is beyond your control! ...Read more

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Is it ok to let baby sleep in the bouncer all night ? Does this hurt his back?

Is it ok to let baby sleep in the bouncer all night ?  Does this hurt his back?

Yes and No: Yes and no. It is ok early, but the longer you allow this habit to entrench, when the baby is too big and needs the crib, transition may be difficult. The earkier the crib the easier. And no, it does not hurt the back. ...Read more

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