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    Default Safe co-sleeping with a toddler - how do I do it?

    Hi All,

    Hoping for some advice please. I never set out to be a 'co-sleeper', but my 18 month old DS had slightly different plans for us. For the past two months he starts his sleep off in his cot, but generally comes into our bed at about 11. I love the closeness of our sleeping arrangement, but it really stresses me out from a safety perspective. Mine & DP's pillows are my main concern - we both have as little pillow on the bed as possible, but i still have this fear of him suffocating. I wake multiple times each night in a panic over this, so keen to hear information/advice on how to do this safely.

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    We have a king size bed so it's easier but we push our pillows right to the end of each side of the bed and the babies go in between the pillow space, my babies are also always in the crook of my arm, you can buy co sleeping aids like a bed that you put in the middle of the bed, also there are side cars.


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    Have co slept 2 babies, one till 4 (now she is sleeping in DD 2's cot next to us lol and Dd2 is 7.5 months old and we co sleep with her... We put her in the middle and she just rolls around between us all night. I don't know how to ease your fears but I know that if something falls on DD's face I never snatch it away first thing I always see if she moves it away herself... Maybe you could see if he reacts that way in his sleep? Even a 7 months if something is on her nose she will move away. At 18 months I wouldn't worry too much but that's asking for the impossible isn't it ?!? Lol

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    I worry about pillows too, although I do know DS would be quite capable of moving it away or moving himself if need be, I still wake up and check on him. When I first started co-sleeping I found it hard to relax however as time has gone on I am more secure and less fearful about DS being squashed or smothered. I think mothers have an awesome instinct of sensing where baby is that helps them co-sleep (assuming of course all safety precautions regarding co-sleeping are followed).

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    At 18 months I wouldn't be worried at all. BUT, my DD has co-slept with us from birth so I have had the comfort of watching her development in this regard and she is also used to bed-sharing (so she is used to pillows etc and doesn't move around much). Be reassured that they are not completely helpless beings even from very little and will move away from a blanket/doona or pillow that is covering their head/face. If for some reason you don't feel that your DS is doing this the only thing you can do is remove the obstruction all together.

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    Thanks for the advice ladies


 

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