Be certain to make the sleeping arrangement as safe as possible.
- Keep your little one snuggled next to Mom. Mothers tend to fall into the same sleep patterns as their babies, thus you'll be more likely to notice his squirms than Dad.
- Employ a safety railing or better yet, move your mattress to the floor for the time being. Remove any extra pillows or bedding that might cause a hazard to your little one.
- Check your own bedtime clothes as you would your little one's attire. Remove any strings or ties that are more than four to six inches long and try to wear pieces that fit comfortably, but are not overly large and bulky.
Still not convinced this arrangement will work? Try for a few nights and see how rested you feel! Or, try a bedside arrangement. Some cribs have removable sides enabling you to pull your little one's bed right alongside yours. Just be certain there is no space between the mattresses where your little one could get stuck and that the crib is not able to slide away from the bed as you move around at night. Or, try a specially designed portable "co-sleeper" bassinet for your little one's first few months. Whatever arrangement you find, the important thing is that you respond to your little one's nighttime needs as promptly as you would during the day. Despite what you may hear, it is impossible to spoil a child of this age with constant attention. Do not worry, allowing your baby to sleep with you will not make him dependent for life. He won't go away to college still sleeping in your bed!