Pregnancy brings a wealth of questions and concerns, especially when you’re
expecting your first baby. Keeping all the do’s and don’ts
of parenting straight can be overwhelming! One age-old question that has
worried mothers and fathers over the years: Where should the baby sleep?
You may be surprised to learn that your cute, cuddly newborn
NOT sleep in your bed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) specifically advise against having the
baby sleep in the same bed as his or her parents.
The AAP confirms that
the safest place for the baby to sleep is in a crib or bassinet attached
or close to the parents’ bed, especially since the two main reasons for keeping a newborn in the same
room are safety and convenience. The mother keeps the baby sleeping close
enough that she can reach out to comfort or feed the baby in the night.
Now that we’ve answered that particular question, you should have
all the information you need for baby’s beddy-bye, right? Not quite.
Keep extra bedding, blankets, and stuffed animals out of a newborn’s bassinet. While they may add an extra touch of adorable to the room’s decor, those
extra items can actually be harmful to baby.
Follow these tips, keep your baby on a consistent sleep schedule, and baby
and mommy should rest easy!