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.
I BF my baby and allowed her to sleep in bed with me till she was about 9 months old. I used to BF her lying down and she would sleep in the crook of my arm. I don't have a partner so I guess this reduced the risk but I never felt that she was in any kind of danger of being squashed as I purposely had her in this position for sleeping. I also had no problem adjusting to her own cot and she sleeps 12 hours most nights. I think there should be more advice for people who are going to co-sleep and the best way to do this as nearly every Mum I know has co-slept with their baby!
I joined the NCT and on one of the groups I went to the ante natal teacher told me that lots more people co sleep, than will admit to it, I didnt actually let him sleep in my bed on purpose but fell asleep with him on my lap, definatly more advice needed on all fronts I think when it comes to sleep....
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