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Celia asked:
Is it safe to sleep on the same bed as my baby?
Or is it worth to buy a cot? If yes, any cot recommendation?

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Arora Valley answered:
If your baby is six months or younger, it's safest for him to sleep in a cot next to your bed, rather than in your bed. This will reduce the chances of your baby getting too hot under your bedding. Overheating increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is the leading cause of death among infants from ages 1 month to 1 year. Sleeping on the same bed work best if you sleep in a king-size bed. Ideally, have a cot that you can attach to the side of your bed for your baby. Or you could put a normal cot next to your bed with the side down. But if you do opt to sleep in the same bed as your baby, following these steps can make it safer: -Never leave your baby unattended in your bed. - Have your baby sleep in the middle of the bed, between parents. - Don't co-sleep after drinking alcohol or while using sleeping pills or other medications, like antihistamines, that can make you extra-drowsy. - Keep extra pillows, comforters, quilts, and other plush items off the bed. - Don't place your baby on a pillow and be sure the sheets or blanket do not cover his head. - Make sure your bedding fits the mattress snugly. -Check your baby's temperature to avoid overheating. -Do not allow other children to sleep next to the baby. In addition to the safety issues involved, it's also important to consider that regular co-sleeping can establish a pattern that can be tough to break down the road.

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Fonnie_Lo answered:
Safety of bed-sharing is still controversial though it can promote bonding, both baby and mother can have more sleep and easier to manage breastfeeding especially at night. It carries the risks of suffocation, overlaying and sudden infant death syndrome. Do practice safety during bed sharing. Check and discuss with partner. Do not co-sleep with baby if you are overweight, under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medicine. Do not smoke. Baby should sleep on his back, unwrapped, free to move and wiggle. No wearing jewellery or long strings/ribbons on clothing. No older child sleeps next to the baby. Mattress is firm, flat and clean. Ideally placed on the floor in case baby rolls off. Equip with bedrail if it’s not on the floor. Use mesh rails rather than slats that might entrap a baby’s head. No holes, spaces, or place that might trap baby and avoid falling off. Do not sleep on a waterbed, a couch, or arm chair that will cause suffocation due to the surface is not firm. Keep pillows, blankets, duvets, or comforters away from baby’s face. Adjust room temperature and do not overheat the room.

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Winnie answered:
I guess this really boils down to how much of a light sleeper you are. If slight movements from your baby will cause you to wake up, then it means you will not be getting enough rest throughout. Also co sharing will also means you have less me time (which everyone needs once in a while) and your baby will not learn to be independent when it comes to sleeping. Sleeping in a cot means the baby can slowly learn to fall asleep themselves and on their own. Cots are worth buying but it does not have to cost thousands of dollars. A basic one with multi tier will ensure that your baby gets to sleep in a cot from birth till just over a year old. Some cots cant be converted to play pens too. Look around and compare prices and models before you buy. Kiddy palace and a few other baby hypermarts in kaki bukit have got good selections.

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Wasted $170 on some no brand cot. The boy doesn't even like it, the cot is now occupied by stuffed toys. But even now at 6mths old it has been an interesting cosleeping arrangement ever since we ditch the cot. He's been rolling ard during sleep! We find it amusing to watch every night. So it's worth the "bonding" feeling even though I'm a light sleeper. Dad is the snorer

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Winnie Yap answered:
It depends on your sleeping habits. There are pros and cons to sleeping with your child. There is higher chance of SIDS when you sleep with your child as you may unknowingly suffocate your child. However, your child may feel more comfortable and can sleep longer with you on the same bed. For me, I bought a small portable yao lan besides my bed. At 10plus night time, i will let my baby sleeps in it. When my baby wakes up the first time at night around 1am, I will feed him and places him besides me on bed. He can then sleep soundly without waking up. Personally, I have bought a playpen to be use as cot But my baby does not like sleeping in cot. :( end up waste of my money. But I heard playpen is more economic as it can be used until your child is 5years old. Hope that helps. :)

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Aayummii answered:
I let my baby sleep in his own crib from birth till 1.5yrs old. I never had the trouble of having to pat or sing to encourage sleeping. It's only when I moved back to my in-law home where we don't have the space to set up the crib again. He started sleeping with my mil and that's when all the bad habit comes about. Plus I'm a light sleeper. Would prefer not to sleep with my baby as ill be v stress.. Also I'm afraid that sounds like snoring or coughing may wake the baby up.

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Biyin answered:
I sleep with my 3 boys ( hubby and 2 sons) on combined queen-size and super single bed, my sons can sleep deeper compared to sleep alone.

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simcoury answered:
My baby girl is sleeping with us during weekends then weekdays on my mil. I'm working and I find it a bit difficult if my baby sleep with me coz feeling soo sleepy when I'm at work. I would suggest, better if your baby is sleeping with you. I know most babies love it much... :)

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ngsiangtheng answered:
I sleep with my baby since he was born till now (7 months). i used to let him sleep in our room, our bed but he fall down from the bed which is 1.5feet high when he was about 5months+. From then onwards, i sleep with him in his room on mattreess on floor to prevent he fall again (will place the mat, pillow and others beside the mattress). He can sleep on his own and i only pad him to sleep sometimes. I will try to put a big bear (size almost the same as him) beside him, pretend like someone is sleeping with him. He will fall sleep very easily. He likes his mattress much as he can roll around and turn here n there when sleeping. The whole mattress will be his sleeping place. Too bad his room only can place super single mattress.

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Yen Chew answered:
Forgot to mention..try getting a 2nd one from online....not necesssry to buy new one I actually got mine online n its still in veru gd good condition

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Yen Chew answered:
My girl is 2 plus and she has been sleeping with us after a mth old... I know its a bad habit but we cant help it..my hubby wans to be close to her... We r planning to have the 2nd one n i know its goinh to b a big headache...planning to let her choose her own bed soon n will start to envourage to sleep by herself in her own room But dont worry ahger86..if u plan to sleep in the same bed as ur BB..its not a wrong choice If get babycot...maybe can get those that can convert into a child bed

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Pauline answered:
It is best not too. U gonna regret if u did cos ur baby will be too used to sleeping with both parents and will never leave that bed when she grow up. Now my daughter already 4 years old but still sleep with us (-.-). We ask her if she want a bed of her own, she say no, that's her bed..

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June answered:
I sleep with my baby on the same bed as he still wakes up for night feeds so its more convenient that way. I bought a cot though which I intend to let him sleep in there once he stops waking up at night. Meanwhile the cot is used as a playpen during daytime now. BTW the cot which I bought can be adjusted up to the age of 3 so I think its worthwhile to buy.

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