Co-sleeping is something that a lot of parents practice with their little ones, but it can come with a lot of inherent risks.
When we bring a new child into the world, especially if it's our first, it is hard to leave the room without them, let alone the house. We marvel at them and can't believe how much we love them despite only knowing them for a matter of days or even hours. Yes, eventually you'll long for a break after a few sleepless nights, but not for those first few days.
Along with that need to be by their side at all times, we also discover how it feels to have someone that we would do absolutely anything for. Our top priority, above all else, instantly becomes to keep our new child safe. That's what leads a lot of parents to employ a co-sleeping habit. Having the baby in bed with them to ensure that they are safe and warm throughout the night.
However, in some cases, co-sleeping can actually be detrimental to a baby's health. While sleeping alongside his or her parents will do well for bonding and soothing the newborn, mom and dad should be extremely careful of hurting the little one while they're asleep. CafeMom reported recently that there have been a few cases where the blankets or even over-sized soft toys have suffocated babies while their parents are asleep.
Three cases of the above happening in Florida led to the police feeling the need to issue a PSA regarding the dangers of co-sleeping. However, what should be pointed out is that in these three cases, only one took place due to the baby being in bed with its parents. Ultimately, if you are unsure about whether co-sleeping is a good idea for you personally, you should seek out the advice of your doctor or another professional.
When you have a baby on the way, or have just welcomed one into the world, there are 1001 different things you have to worry about. The addition of where your little one can and can't sleep shouldn't be another worry added to that list. If you are worried about the possible dangers of co-sleeping then avoid it if and when you can. If it is a practice you believe benefits your child, and your doctor agrees, then it is obviously up to you the parent if you wish to carry that on.