Friday, February 6, 2004

Hola:

Because CPS knows better than thousands of years of parents, CPS now recommends that parents do not sleep with infants, that babies should "have their own, protected and uncluttered sleeping space."

Sleeping with a baby is a wonderful thing for both mother and child. The new baby's whole world, from the moment of consciousness within the womb, has been made up of the sounds of the mother.

Of course, the newly independent little being is going to feel so much more secure close to the mother, and that security is essential for physical, emotional and mental well-being.

In the neo-natal intensive care unit, when an alarm goes off on a baby, indicating a drop of respiration or heartbeat, the first thing the nurse does is go and move the baby. That sort of jump-starts the processes, startles the baby back to breathing.

When a baby is sleeping with a mother, each and every time the mother rolls over or moves in her sleep, the baby is moved, gently jostled, because the mother is so much heavier and makes the mattress move. The almost constant motion offers a real protection.

If done correctly, there is no cause for concern. With a tiny baby, make sure the bottom sheet is tight. Safty pin it to the underside of the mattress, if need be. I like to prop my babies more on their side than flat, so if they spit up, they do not suck it in. But, NEVER belly down. They can get their face in the mattress and create a pocket of carbon dioxide like that.

Place the baby high enough so that even if you were to pull the blanket up to your chin while you were sleeping, you would not cover the baby at all. The bed should be against a wall, obviously.

Do not use any pillows at all on the bed. It is dangerous. I like to use crocheted granny-square types of blankets to cover the baby with, as if the baby does somehow pull them over its head, it has holes for breathing.

While the baby is little and not yet able to raise the head and torso, sleep a bit of a distance away. Between that and placing the baby higher up on the bed, on level with or a liitle higher than your face, you will not roll over on the baby.

I guess its a matter of using your God-given common sense.

Next, CPS will say bottles are better, as you can't trust what mothers will let get into their breast milk, after all CPS can't yet control what mothers eat....

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