Our baby won’t settle in her Moses basket and only seems to sleep when she’s lying on my partner or me. We’re desperate for her to get some sleep, so we’re letting this continue for the time being. Is this wrong?
This is not wrong – parent’s have to survive, sleep deprivation is hard to adjust to. If you have met her basic needs and she isn’t ill, hungry or in need of a clean nappy, you could try some of the other methods for calming your baby. The use of a sling, going out in the car or pram as well as singing, radio or CD’s may be useful daytime options. When she is sound asleep try and move her to her sleeping place.
But try to remember; babies are creatures of habit. Whatever your baby is becoming used to when she falls asleep, you will probably need to repeat to return her to sleep during the night. So avoid rocking her, walking her up and down or taking her for a drive in the car unless you’re happy to repeat these things in the early hours of the morning!
There is also a safety aspect to consider. Bed sharing, or even sleeping on the sofa together is not advisable unless the adult is awake. Recommendations from the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths and the Department of Health, outlines key steps parents can take to reduce the risk of cot death. They advise not to share a bed with your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, using drugs or any medication which may cause drowsiness or if you are a smoker.