New study stresses importance of baby sleeping in separate cot
More than half of cot deaths happen when babies sleep with their parents, either in a bed or on a sofa.A new study confirms the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) advice that the safest place for young children to sleep was in a cot beside their parents’ bed.Researchers discovered that while parents had been warned about the dangers of sleeping with their baby in a bed, there hadn’t been any warnings about other places in the home. “It’s really important that parents don’t fall asleep with their baby on a sofa as it’s very dangerous,” said Professor Peter Fleming, who led the study. “It’s 25 times more risky than having a baby in bed with you. After parents have fed a baby, it’s really important they put them back in a cot.”The research looked at 80 deaths in the South West of England over three years. More than 300 babies still die every year from cot deaths.If you’re worried about your baby’s safety, take a look at our guide on safe sleeping.
I was really scared about cot death and over heating Harry but despite this I found it really hard not to fall asleep when BF him. He used to wake so frequently I got less than an hour in bed at any given time and it got worse as he got older (when he was new born I may have got an hour or two). I tried so hard not to fall asleep feeding him but quite often used to wake up and realise I had falled asleep in a chair although there was not chance of me smothering him as he was on my lap and I was upright (legs up and he was on a support cushion so he wouldnt go anywhere). I tried so hard to keep awake and really struggled, I think the need to give parents more advice on how to help your baby sleep better from a younger age especially when BF - feeding can be SO frequent and this would may prevent this sort of probelm.
He eventually slept through the night at around 7m, I also quite BF and this age to prevent him wanting this as comfort to sleep
Lolas in a bedside cot still (no side on her bed, clipped to ours so like an extension for her) We had to do it to sleep, we are only now ready to put the side on!
Its impossible to stay awake for night feeds, its like tourture after a while, maybe if they had some better advice for us we wouldnt end up co-sleeping!
I always bf mine in bed with me at night.I'd drop off every time.I left the telly on,the light on,anything,but I'd drop off they'd go to sleep feeding,but I always put them back in the cot as soon as I knew they were properly asleep.I still drop off feeding Merlin,and he's bottle fed,but same again,he goes straight in the cot.I don't want my babies to be dependent on me to get to sleep.I wrapped them and gave them a raggy from birth,and they use these as sleep aids,not me.All of them have always been happy and secure,and go straight into their beds.
I don't think there is much advice given on settling babies and establishing good sleep habits.
Cot death is the unexplained death of a baby,so any study that finds any cause or link to anything we could do to prevent it,maybe cases can be reduced further.
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