Sleeping Arrangements

During pregnancy, many parents spend hours preparing a darling nursery for the new baby. But they often find out that the baby is less than thrilled with her new accommodations. Having come from a warm, comforting womb, where all needs were instantly met, babies must go through a major adjustment to exist in the outside world. Much of this adjustment manifests itself at night with the baby’s sleeping patterns. Most babies do not sleep through the night, and it is up to each family to decide how to deal with this.

Sleeping arrangements are a large part of this issue. While many parents insist that a baby should learn to sleep on her own, others find it convenient and comforting to have the baby sleep with them. How and where your baby sleeps is a decision your family will have to make together, and you may find that your ideas change after the baby comes home.

Be aware that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has warned against allowing babies to sleep in adult beds. You can read the details of this warning in the September 29, 1999 press release. Some people have disputed the findings of the CPSC study. There are situations that definitely make an adult bed unsafe for babies:

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* Adults or siblings who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
* A waterbed mattress
* A soft mattress and/or bedding
* Gaps between the mattress and the wall or headboard and footboard of the bed frame
* Spaces in the headboard or footboard that could entrap a baby’s head, neck or limbs