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

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

No: It is not very safe to sleep with a baby in the same bed, because there is a small chance that the baby will get tangled up in something and suffocate, or the baby might be accidentally smothered by the adult(s) in the bed. ...Read more

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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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Is it safe to let our cat sleep with our baby?

Is it safe to let our cat sleep with our baby?

No: A 7 month old baby will likely poke at or grab a part of the cat, neither of which will make the cat happy. Parents should constantly watch the baby if any pets are nearby. A dog or cat will likely sniff a baby to remember the baby's scent, and to find out what is going on, just out of curiosity. Other types of pets should probably stay away from babies. ...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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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

Hotels have cribs: Travelers can ask for a baby crib at hotels. Just check the crib to be sure it is safe. Babies can also sleep in a foldable playpen (be sure the playpen is set up safely, and won't collapse or tangle up the baby). Before going to bed, learn the fire exit routes, in case guests have to evacuate in the darkness of night. ...Read more

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Our 2 yr old granddaughter is difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. She frequently wakes during the night. What supplements can we try to allow her to sleep well?

Our 2 yr old granddaughter is difficult to get to sleep and stay asleep. She frequently wakes during  the night. What supplements can we try to allow her to sleep well?

Several methods: First be certain that there is a consistent, quiet bedtime routine. Sometimes having a toy or blanket just for bedtime helps. Both valerian and melatonin can be used (i don't have the doses off the top of my head, but look on line). ...Read more

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

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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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Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

Is it normal & psychologically healthy for children  to sleep in the same bed with a parent?

The AAP, in your: Hometown, has a healthy child app that addresses sleep issues. In many cultures, the "family bed" is a necessity. Infants who learn to fall asleep in their own beds by 1-4 months consolidate sleep & night-wake less. Co-sleeping can impede a child's development of independent self-calming skills, if it's not a cultural norm. Family therapy would help everyone get to sleep in his/her own bed. ...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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A child in our playgroup is unvaccinated. Is it safe to let our children play together?

A child in our playgroup is unvaccinated. Is it safe to let our children play together?

I wouldn't: I never let these folks come into my waiting room in over 3 decades of practice.All vaccines have a potential for failing complete protection. I would consider it a risk and avoid it if and when possible. ...Read more

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What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?

What is the best way to teach a 3yo child to sleep in his bed and not to move to parents bed every night?

Persistence: A 3 year old can wear a parent out on anything - they have nothing better to do with their life, so if they want something (to sleep in your bed) they usually have much more persistance and stamina to hold out than you do. When you decide enough is enough, you have to commit to never letting them come into your bed - even if it means you have to get up 100 times a night to put them back in theirs! ...Read more

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Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Is it necessary for my baby to sleep in a crib?

Yes: Cribs are very safe for infants, and cribs make life less stressful for babies and their parents. In a crib, a baby can fall asleep, wake up, make noises, play with toys, look around the room, and fall asleep again . . . All without the intervention of a parent. If a crib and its contents are properly set up, an infant cannot climb out of the crib. Therefore, the infant can't get into trouble. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put multiple babies in one crib to sleep?

Avoid co-bedding: Placing several babies in a single crib (aka co-bedding) increases the likelihood that none of them will get a good night's sleep. Co-bedding is also a major risk factor for sudden unexplained infant death (suid). So it is better, if possible, to provide a designated, segregated spot for each baby in order to guarantee uninterrupted sleep for the infant. ...Read more

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Is it very unhealthy to sleep in the day and work and night? Does it matter to our body what time we go to sleep and why?

Is it very unhealthy to sleep in the day and work and night?

Does it matter to our body what time we go to sleep and why?

Circadian rhythms: Our bodies have rhythms that need to be maintained for optimal health. Sleep/wake cycles are timed off of sunlight so sleeping at night is always best. But that rhythm can be changed. What is important is to be consistent. If you work at night you need to try to always sleep during the day. Don't switch to night sleeping on your days off. ...Read more

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How can I help my baby adjust to sleeping in his room and not in our bed?

How can I help my baby adjust to sleeping in his room and not in our bed?

Consistency: Babies do not make choices, we make choices for them. If they sleep in our bed, it's because we put them there. If they are put down only in the crib, they will accept it, that's reality. Start by putting them down while awake, so they know their bed is the sleep place. If they fuss after a few minutes, come in, comfort them, and put them back in the crib. The crib will become the sleep place. ...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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Is it ok for us to be naked in front of our baby?

Is it ok for us to be naked in front of our baby?

Yes: The real question is, will you always be comfortable naked in front of your children, and if not, at what age would you want to stop? It's a very individual question; it does not harm the child to see a naked parent, it does disturb them to see a naked parent who's ashamed to be caught naked. ...Read more

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When is it safe for baby to sleep with a blanket?

When is it safe for baby to sleep with a blanket?

Physical mobility: When a kid can pull to stand in his/her crib, the chance they would suffocate in bed linen is negligible. Before then, i would consider it an invitation for trouble. Removing swaddling blankets, which are meant to help a newborn settle, should be accomplished before a month of age. ...Read more

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When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a blanket?

When is it safe for my baby to sleep with a blanket?

After he's a baby: I recommend going without for as long as possible. Your baby doesn't need a blanket. It has been recommended to not use a blanket until 12 months of age because at 12 months the risk of sids is greatly diminished. I recommend waiting until closer to 2 years old if you want to introduce a blanket into the bed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to sleep with cell phone in bed for alarm purposes? Not directly under pillow, but in the bed in general? Risk of cancers, (i.E. Breast)?

Is it safe to sleep with cell phone in bed for alarm purposes? Not directly under pillow, but in the bed in general? Risk of cancers, (i.E. Breast)?

If there is: Any measurable risk of cell-phone induced cancer, it is infinitesimally small. You have as much chance of being struck by lightening as getting cancer from your cell phone, even if you sleep with it. ...Read more

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