Mothers of infants who continue to share the bed with their babies may please take note that while co-sleeping is good, bed-sharing may expose the babies to infections and other health risks, says a study. Please stop if you are sharing your bed with your baby.
Please Stop If you are Sharing your Bed with your Baby
The biggest risk of bed-sharing is sudden infant death syndrome, the third leading cause of infant mortality.
Co-sleeping and bed-sharing are used interchangeably although they are not the same. Co-sleeping means sleeping in the same room as your infant in close proximity.
Bed-sharing is when you actually sleep on the same surface as the baby. Co-sleeping is the preferred option over bed-sharing.
Bed-sharing can likely be decreased if people become aware of its consequences.
The main reasons mothers chose to bed share included breastfeeding, emotional comfort, and reassurance, monitoring, better sleep for infant, family traditions and bonding.
Although bed-sharing is not recommended, mothers should know about infant sleeping suggestions.
1. Infants should be sleeping in the supine position on their backs.
2. They should never be face down since they cannot lift their heads. They should also be on a firm surface without any pillows or blankets.