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Considering the Family Bed


Most families in the world share a family bed. It is only the U.S. and a few other countries that push for children to be in their own cribs. The argument is that the child needs to be independent, and our society believes you need to start teaching this at infancy!
A family bed can be as safe as a crib if you childproof it. Most of the time, a family bed is even safer since the parent is right there to monitor the baby all night. Like childproofing the rest of your home, the family bed needs to be modified to protect a baby. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Your mattress should be firm, not soft, so the baby's body has ample support.

NEVER use drugs or alcohol when sleeping with baby as they hinder your ability to sense the baby next to you.

Never use a waterbed. Waterbeds are a hazard, as babies frequently get caught between the mattress and the frame.

Make sure all crevices on all sides of the bed are filled.

If you have an open side of the bed, use a guardrail. This will help prevent baby from falling out of bed.

Never overdress your child. This could cause baby to overheat and increases the risk of SIDS.

You are teaching your baby good sleeping habits by teaching him/her that sleeping is a comforting, loving, and secure act.

The information contained in this article was taken from Tammy Frissell-Deppe''s book entitled, "Every Parent's Guide to Attachment Parenting: Getting back to basic instincts!"

To learn more about attachment parenting and to get attachment parenting support, information, a free newsletter, products, discussion lists, chats, FAQ's, forums and much more, be sure to visit:

Tammy Frissell-Deppe is a fourth generation attachment parent and has two children with her husband William. Tammy is a Medical Information Specialist as well as an attachment parenting expert and she tours the country speaking and educating parents and parents-to-be on the different aspects and benefits of attachment parenting. Tammy's articles have appeared in many different newsletters and journals and she continues to help and support hundreds of attachment parents weekly. Considering The Family Bed?

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Amber and Violette Nov 15, 2004 06:04:37 AM ET

My baby and I sleep together and I feel this is the natural way to be with infants. i love to fal asleep to her little breaths. Sleep time is a very sacred time with your children

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