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7 Deaths of Infants in Co-Bedding Situations Brings Warning to Parents;Moms Argue Its Bonding Experience

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   A five month old baby found dead taking a nap in a bed with his mother prompts experts to warn of the dangers of what’s called co-sleeping or co-bedding.

     It's the 7th death of an infant since January in the Wichita area attributed to co-sleeping.

Briley Jones started co-sleeping with her son, after surviving the Joplin tornado with him in her arms.

Jones said, “After it, I had more anxiety being away from him and it made it a lot easier having him right beside me."

She’s done the same with her daughter Chloe. Jones believes co-sleeping can be done safely.

"No heavy blankets,” she said. “And if anybody is under the influence, I wouldn’t suggest sleeping with them for sure.  You might not wake up or know your rolled over on them if you aren't careful."

Dangers the Kansas Infant Death and SIDS network says are too great.

Christy Schunn, the executive director said, "There is no such thing as a safe co-bedding situation.  The adult mattress, the bedding, the pillows that makes that sleep environment very dangerous." 

Co-sleeper beds offer moms the option of keeping baby within arm’s reach but still safely outside the bed. They can sit on or beside a bed but have a low side making it easier for moms to grab a baby when it wakes in the middle of the night for nursing.

Whitney Stier said of the co-sleeper, "I do know it gives that one small added safety measure to have him in his own bed on my bed next to me."

Stier uses a co-sleeper bed now but literally slept with her first child in her own bed and sometimes does that with four month old C.J. to aid with breastfeeding.

Stier said, "There's always going to be the dark clouds but a lot of moms do it successfully. And I think it helps. It’s also a bonding experience: baby knows you are right there for them."

Schunn, with the KIDS Network, argues parents shouldn't take the risk.

And she  wants parents to learn the abc’s of safe sleep.

  She said, "Babies need to sleep alone, on their back, in a clutter free crib"

    The KIDS network has some safe sleep tips. To connect to its website click here.

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