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Okay, there's a lot of cool stuff out there for hip moms and dads. Here's my list of "must-have" products.

SAFE COSLEEPING

Listen to the interview my husband and I did with WHAM-13 News in Rochester, New York on Safe Co-sleeping:

Click the "Play" button for my interview with Rachel Barnhart.



Click the "Play" button for Andrew's side of the story!
 


TIPS FOR SAFE CO-SLEEPING WITH AN INFANT


• Make sure that your mattress is firm and fits tightly in the frame. 

• Sheets should fit your mattress snugly. 

• Loose pillows, soft blankets or heavy duvets/comforters should be kept away from your baby’s face. Consider using a sleep sack to keep baby warm instead of sharing a blanket with him.

• Always place your baby on his back or his side to sleep. 

• No one who shares sleep with your baby should drink alcoholic beverages, take drugs, be exceptionally obese, smoke, or be on medication that makes him or her less alert. 

• Consider keeping your young baby next to his mother only, because mothers seem to be especially aware of their babies in bed. 

• Keep an adult between any older child and your baby under 2 years of age. 

• Consider using a crib or commercially available “sidecar”next to the bed. 

• Make sure the sides of the bed are either tight against the wall or far enough away from the wall that your baby can’t become trapped. You can also use a bed rail on the side of the adult bed. 

• Keep the bed low to the ground, maybe even on the floor, to minimize any falls. 

Sources: Good Nights by Jay Gordon, MD and Maria Goodavage and Sweet Dreams by Paul Fleiss, MD





"Health professionals who recommend against any and all forms of cosleeping underestimate the capacity of parents to understand that the safety of cosleeping depends on the conditions within which the activity occurs; they also underestimate parents’ ability to respond to specific bedsharing hazards by eliminating them. Thus health professionals feel justified in making sweeping recommendations that no parent

should ever share a bed with an infant. In doing so, they fail to support parents’ right to make an informed choice."

– James J. McKenna, PhD

Dr. James McKenna’s Web site on cosleeping issues is: http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/





RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

The API website has a wealth of information regarding expert opinions on co-sleeping, responses to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's report on co-sleeping, as well as research on the benefits of safe co-sleeping.

http://attachmentparenting.org/cosleepindex.shtml

There is a nice summary of recent CO-SLEEPING RESEARCH from

http://www.askdrsears.com/html/7/T071000.asp  that hasn't been done in conjunction with crib manufacturers (unlike the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's reports done on co-sleeping in 1999)!

Dr. James McKenna has a book entitled, "Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent's Guide to Co-sleeping," which you may find useful as you decide what is best for you and your family. Here are some pamphlets that provide a more balanced view of co-sleeping:

http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/pamphlets/milwaukee.html

http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/pamphlets/zealand.html

http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/pamphlets/safesleepv2.pdf

http://www.nd.edu/~jmckenn1/lab/pamphlets/BSlpSafeEnglish.pdf



 

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