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Originally Posted by Sagesgirl
I just always keep the baby in question between me & the edge of the bed, up by my face (I don't cover my own face, so no worries about accidentally covering hers)
Originally Posted by curlyfry
O.k...we're going to try sleeping in bed with her tonight with the little soft sleep positioner between us, just to make me feel better. I'm sure she'll wind up right next to me anyway. Just one more question (chalk it up to inexperience...bear with me, ok?!)...I know there's this whole "back to sleep" thing. That only applies when she's sleeping by herself, right? Because of SIDS? There's no harm in her laying on her side or tummy while she's right next to me or on top of me, right?
I really love this site...I have lots of mama friends closeby, but it's so nice to be able to ask my ??'s here and get answers from you guys!
Originally Posted by Galatea
Re "back to sleep" - the issue is not so much that they would suffocate b/c of not being able to turn their face away from the mattress, but that stomach sleeping is much deeper and sounder b/c they can't flail around (why parents and babies like it!) SIDS may happen b/c babies get into a deep sleep, and have an episode of apnea (they stop breathing), but b/c they are so deeply asleep, and their nervous systems are not mature, they do not wake themselves up and start breathing again. BUT the benefit of cosleeping is that the mom's breathing stimulates the baby's breathing and their biorhythms are in sync all night, thus the reduced risk of SIDS. So, if you are using a crib, you should not put baby on his tummy, but if he is in bed next to you, it shouldn't matter.
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