Advertisement

Where should our newborn sleep?

The answer to this question can vary between cultures and sleep specialists.  In my opinion, babies should sleep in the safest place for them and their parents.  
If you decide your baby should sleep in bed with you, here are a few suggestions:
•    Remove anything that could potentially smother your baby.  This includes things like foam toppers, thick comforters, and unused pillows.
•    Make sure to never lie your baby face down in the bed. 
•    No one in the bed should be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or anything else that could cause them to accidentally roll over the baby. 

You could also consider placing your baby in a “Moses basket.”   The basket is small enough to lay on your bed and has a flat base with protective walls.  You can put it in bed with you so your baby has a flat surface to sleep on.

Another option is a bassinette.  The baby can be close and away from the potential risks of sleeping in your bed.
 
After two months it is best to try and have your baby in a crib in his/her own room. This will allow potentially sleep deprived parents to sleep better and your baby can learn how to fall asleep without you.



 
Picture of sleeping infant

Continue Learning about Parenting

Healthy Snacks for Kids Mean Healthy-Hearted Adults
Healthy Snacks for Kids Mean Healthy-Hearted Adults
Sweet tangerines and juicy cherries. Crunchy carrots and crisp snow peas. Pack them in kids' lunches, put a bowlful on the kitchen counter, keep them ...
Read More
What is a healthy father/daughter relationship?
Georgianna Donadio, PhD,MS,DCGeorgianna Donadio, PhD,MS,DC
A female child's relationship with her father sets the foundation of all future relationships with t...
More Answers
Embarrassing Questions You Wish Your Kids Wouldn’t Ask
Embarrassing Questions You Wish Your Kids Wouldn’t AskEmbarrassing Questions You Wish Your Kids Wouldn’t AskEmbarrassing Questions You Wish Your Kids Wouldn’t AskEmbarrassing Questions You Wish Your Kids Wouldn’t Ask
Every parent is going to face an embarrassing question they’re not quite ready for. Check out these questions you might hear and smart ways to answer ...
Start Slideshow
Is Social Media the Solution to Improve Healthcare?
Is Social Media the Solution to Improve Healthcare?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.