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Written by: Erica Neser a mother of three, and author of two books on babies. She is an internationally qualified Lactation Consultant and Infant Massage Instructor.


Indicate which statement is true:

1. Deciding where your baby will sleep

a) is best left to the experts

b) should be done according to what your friends and relatives advise

c) should be should be done before your baby is born, preferably before you get pregnant

d) is a very personal matter


2. The following people must reach consensus on where baby will sleep

a) Mum

b) Dad

c) Baby

d) The neighbours

e) a & b

f) a, b & c

g) none of the above


3. Your child will start sleeping through when

a) you let her sleep in your bed

b) you sleep in her bed

c) she is ready to sleep through

d) she leaves home


4. The best sleep environment for baby is

a) in your bed

b) in her own bed

c) in a cot next to your bed

d) where everyone in the family gets the most sleep

e) in the Bahamas


5. Babies should preferably be

a) ignored when they cry at night

b) sleep trained before they are born

c) seen and not heard

d) loved to bits, even though they don’t sleep through


6. Your baby may sleep in your bed

a) as long as she wants to

b) until she moves out of the house

c) until you have another baby

d) until she has her own baby

e) as long as you’re comfortable with it


7. If your relatives criticise your sleeping arrangements, you should

a) nod politely and do whatever works for you and your family

b) disagree and argue your point of view until they back down

c) leave your children with them for a weekend

d) distract them and dish up more chocolate cake when they’re not looking


8. A co-sleeping mother

a) sleeps less than a non-co-sleeping mother

b) sleeps more than a non-co-sleeping mother

c) breastfeeds more often but gets the same amount of sleep as a non-co-sleeping mother

d) will have synchronised sleep cycles with her baby

e) don’t know and too tired to care


9. When in the family bed, babies sleep

a) parallel to their parents

b) across both their parents

c) at 90o with their parents

d) upside down




1. Memorise the following statements

a) My baby will turn out fine, not because of everything I do, but in spite of it.

b) No-one is a perfect parent.

c) There is no “right” or “wrong” place for my baby to sleep.

d) I am doing a good job, even if my baby wakes every hour.


2. Practical assignment

a) If your baby is asleep, go into his/her room very quietly and just watch that angelic little face

b) If your baby is awake, give him/her a long, sweet kiss and cuddle

c) If your partner is awake, give him/her a long, sweet kiss and cuddle


Congratulations! You are now ready to start the next module of Parenting 101!

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