I have a 4-year-old daughter who has been co-sleeping with dh and I in our queen-sized bed since she was about 4 months old or so (before that we attempted to get her to sleep in a crib but then discovered co-sleeping). I'm expecting another baby girl soon and my older dd will probably start sleeping in her own bed.
Anyway, I'm a little worried about sleeping with a baby from birth. DD was older when we started co-sleeping with her, so I'm worried about doing it with a newborn. I've been hearing things about how old mattresses can cause SIDS and that you should buy a new mattress with each baby. Of course, those articles always refer to crib mattresses but I'd imagine it would be the same with any type of mattress, right? Our queen-sized mattress is 4 years old and we have always used a cloth mattress protector over it (we actually just bought a new mattress protector recently). Do you think it's ok to keep using it?
I'm also wondering about our bedding. We have duck feather pillows which are about a year old. Although the baby won't be using the pillows, it will be sleeping near them. Are duck feathers ok? I've heard that pillows can get mold in them easily. Should we replace them seeing as they're already a year old? We also have a continental quilt (doona) that contains wool. We've had it for a year or so and I've never actually washed it because we always use quilt covers and I just wash those. Do you think I should attempt to wash the actual quilt?
Thanks in advance for any advice that you can give me!