Sleeping with Baby
There are differing views on having Baby in bed with you and your partner, although this practice is becoming increasingly common with parents today. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that shared sleeping surfaces in the United States are unsafe for infants, and that cribs are the safest places for babies to sleep.
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in the UK, on the other hand, says that bed-sharing facilitates bonding and successful breastfeeding but parents should be aware of certain instances when bed-sharing is not advised. These instances include: if either parent has epilepsy or diabetes with unstable blood sugars or an infection, and/or if either parent smokes, has had alcohol, or takes recreational drugs. As long as parents are aware of these issues and take care when bed-sharing, the RCM believes that the family bed is safe. Parents should speak to their child's physician for more information on bed-sharing.