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Do's and don'ts for co-sleeping

n Don't have the baby in the bed if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or in a smoky environment.

n Take precautions to ensure baby can't roll out of the bed or sink into any gaps between headboard and mattress.

n Don't have loose covers or pillows near the baby.

n Only mum should sleep beside babies - they have protective awareness of baby.

n Put baby to sleep on their back.

For more advice see askdrsears.com

Irish Independent