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    Drinking alcohol and newborn baby question

    I have a unusual question and cant find the answer online. I have a 2 week old baby (im the father) and live with my fiancee. We have the baby in a crib in our bedroom and the baby sleeps in it at night. Myself and my fiancee sleep in our bed.
    If I have a few beers/vodkas etc is there any danger of hurting the baby by sleeping in the same room as it by the fumes etc??

    We are out tomorrow night so thought we would see if we can find out. I will be drinking, she will be sober. I will not be holding the baby etc or feeding it but we was wondering if my ''alocoholic'' fumes as it were would hurt the baby at all while sleeping??

    Anyone got any idea about this?

    ps. what a relief it is to have hotdeals to look at on a night feed lol.

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    I've never heard of anything like this.

    I'm sure your baby will be fine.

    Nothing has ever happened to any of my kids(not that I'm drunk always but have had a few nights out since my eldest was born)

    I doubt that would cause a problem, there would be more danger of you falling over and knocking the crib I would have thought.

    Congrats on new baby and have a good time!!

    mod

    I can't give you the answer as I am no doctor.

    But I drank, in moderation a number of times (I needed it LOL) when our boy was born. If I felt that I had a few too many I crashed on the sofa.

    Better safe than sorry I suppose, was my motto.

    Congratulations, by the way. Nothing like being a Dad and loving that little one is there?

    No baby will be fine as long as you dont share the bed

    Yea its only if you share a bed. I take it your fiancee dont breast feed as theres always a danger she 'll fall asleep with baby on the breast and then the baby be very much at risk.

    I wouldnt get drunk though as your like to be clumsy , noisy and disturb baby

    nh i do not think that the fumes from your breath will be able to harm the baby unless you are breathing directly into the baby's mouth, so in answer to your question it should have no effect whatsoever :thumbsup:

    it will be fine as long as you dont sleep walk or get up and crash through the cot

    Banned

    like andy said if maybe alot of drink is gonna be consumed maybe crash on the sofa, we all do daft things when drunk, or fall over etc,etc, if you must sleep in same room at least make sure baby is on partners side

    Am sure it's ok too ....but your obviously understandably worried about it ..... so why not just sleep on the sofa ?

    Went through the same dilemma myself. If its on your mind i'd sleep on the couch just to be on the safe side, thats what i used to do.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the responses everyone - i dont plan on getting smashed. just a few beers but the girlfriend was a bit worried so said i would try to find out and thought as i have some time now I would try to find out. Willl prob just hot the sofa just incase - better safe than sorry like you say.

    I feel that when you get plastered, and lay there all night letting rip from the rear end, and emitting fumes, not the best smell the baby is ever going to get !!!

    johnpaulturner;4967634

    I feel that when you get plastered, and lay there all night letting rip … I feel that when you get plastered, and lay there all night letting rip from the rear end, and emitting fumes, not the best smell the baby is ever going to get !!!



    lol! So true!

    No harm,just don't bring the baby into bed if either of you had a few.
    Actually now a lot people will say to 1st time parents,told not even to bring the baby into bed at all,when I had my 1st we told it was fine aslong as not been drinking or on sleeping meds etc or say illegal drugs.

    So long as YOUR not breast feeding the baby, Your baby will be fine.

    shauneco;4967851

    So long as YOUR not breast feeding the baby, Your baby will be fine.



    THIS.

    when I first read the thread title "Drinking alcohol and newborn baby question" my first thoughts was that it might not be a good idea for a newborn baby to be drinking alcohol...at least wait a few months :thumbsup:

    Don't worry you'll be fine. Your alcohol fumes cannot harm the baby. Even mum is allowed a glass or 2 of wine occassionally when preganant and breastfeeding.
    As others have said the only risk is if baby was in bed next to you or you are hammered and responsible for the baby. If mum is sober she will ensure that baby stays safe!!
    Enjoy your night out and have a cuddle up in bed after. You'll all be fine!!!

    On reading your post, I am wondering if your girlfriend/wife has said that she doesn't want you to drink near the baby?

    I remember feeling like this too, it is natural for new mums to feel extremely protective.

    If your partner has any worries like this then please do respect them as it is an emotional time for her, hormones raging and you will distress her if you don't respect how she is feeling.

    If these concerns are purely your own, I think you are doing the wise thing in making sure one of you is sober while the other lets their hair down a little. At least one of you needs to be capable of responding to the baby if she wakes during the nighttime. It is an offence to be "drunk in charge of a minor".

    Hope this helps

    ClarityofMind x x x

    wookiemummy;4968114

    Don't worry you'll be fine. Your alcohol fumes cannot harm the baby. Even … Don't worry you'll be fine. Your alcohol fumes cannot harm the baby. Even mum is allowed a glass or 2 of wine occassionally when preganant and breastfeeding. As others have said the only risk is if baby was in bed next to you or you are hammered and responsible for the baby. If mum is sober she will ensure that baby stays safe!! Enjoy your night out and have a cuddle up in bed after. You'll all be fine!!!



    Agree. But a couple of glassess of wine to me might be very different from yours. At the moment my couple of glasses of wine a week are sherry glass (50ml) sizes an the wine is from the mini wine bottles (big diet). Most wine glasses you buy now are huge, some as much as 250ml.

    It is so hard to realise our intake because most bowls / plates are much bigger than they were (look at cereal bowls).

    Have a good night, no reason not to sleep in same room.

    O M G
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