Would I lie to you?

01 Jul 2019

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Has someone spoken to you about safe sleeping for baby?’ From the beginning of my wife’s second trimester of pregnancy we had been drilled by various healthcare professionals in the rituals of safe sleeping for our new baby: feet-to-foot, firm-flat-on-their-back, 16 to 20°C, not by a radiator or window, and most definitely never left unattended with a cat.

Needless to say, by the time our baby boy was one-week-old we had become a little loose with the rules.

I recall one rather chilly Sunday where I had reached the end of my tether with ‘safe sleeping’. We had barely slept the night before. I was covered in more excrement than was morally acceptable and my coffee had been re-heated in the microwave twice already. Baby had been placed in the crib by the radiator under the window, with the cat watching from her perch. And I fell asleep...