Feed in bed–sleep in crib
The safest place for your baby to sleep is in her own crib
baby to sleep.
“Babies can fall, they can get wedged,
someone else in the bed can roll over on
them. They can get tangled in covers.
When babies are under a year old, they
are little, can’t move with purpose,
and can’t get out of these kinds of
situations,” says Leslie Barker, an early
Infant Sleep project. ”If you find it more
comfortable and easier to feed in bed,
by all means do so, but make sure your
baby is put back to sleep in her own safe
crib before you go to sleep.”
Barker also suggests putting your
baby’s crib next to your bed to make
nighttime feedings easier. This has been
shown to protect babies against sudden
infant death syndrome (SIDS).
As well, a tag-team approach to coveroff the cycle of eating and sleeping candefinitely help both mom and baby.
“Maybe your partner or mother or
mother-in-law can be the one who gets
up and brings the baby to you in the
bed so you don’t have to get in and
out of bed,” suggests Janet Stosky, a
clinical educator with AHS Postpartum
Community Services. “Then that same
person can return the baby to the crib
To help your baby fall back to sleep
after nighttime feedings, keep lights
off or low and use a soft voice. And
remember to always put your baby on
her back to sleep—every sleep, whether
nap time or nighttime. This helps also
reduce the risk of SIDS.
To learn more about feeding andsafe infant sleep, contact Health LinkAlberta at 1-866-408-5465 or visitMyHealth.Alberta.ca.
— Jennifer Allford
Eat. Sleep. Repeat eight to 12times a day. That cycle neatly explainsthe general daily routine of mostnewborn babies.
If you’re an exhausted new momcaring for a baby on such a routine,feeding your baby in bed holds a lot ofcharm. The trick is to put her back inher own bed before falling asleep.
A crib is simply the safest place for a