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#1 of 4 Old 01-14-2005, 08:29 AM - Thread Starter
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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!

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I guess I can't really help you with your questions.. becuz you brought up some of my questions!! We have a new mattress... but have pretty old down feather pillows... they don't seem to bother DS.. but maybe they're bad for her.. I don't know...
She sleeps in a bassinet by our bed half the night and it has been used for a few generations of my DH's family... the mattress is pretty old.. it has these creepy bunnies on it! LOL I've never heard anything about older mattresses... but the pillows are a good question..

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The fact that you are co-sleeping is a big SIDS reducer in itself. I'll bet if you get a breathable allergy mattress cover it will help a lot to reduce the risks that an old mattress poses.


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I practice mattress wrapping, but I am not sure that they have something for a big bed. We wrapped the co-sleeper and a crib, which she uses throughout the night, she is not a big co-sleeper in our bed, she likes her own space. I would look it up.

See what you think. The worry is that after time, the urine, breastmilk, and various other body fliuds start to break down the chemicals that go into making a mattress, like the things that make it not burn so quickly. That is why each baby that you have, the risk of SIDS goes up. I do think that there are other things that go into that though, like genetics and brain stem issues. We get our daughters adjusted by a chiropractor, and of course, take off the feather bedding and don't smoke or drink or do drugs. Good luck!

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