In our modern culture, many people wouldnt even consider sleeping
the same bed as their baby, but the practice of co-sleeping has gone
on for thousands of years in many parts of the world. Co-sleeping
with your child helps you form better bonds and feel closer to them,
helps them feel safer, and has even been shown to improve a childs
self esteem and more satisfaction with life when they get older.
While many organizations claim co-sleeping is unsafe, there are
precautions you can take to sleep safely with your child.
How you do it
There are a few options for co-sleeping with your baby. The most common nowadays is to have the babys bed in the bedroom with you. While most people do this for convenience, it also does have some of the added benefits of co-sleeping (but not all).
The second option, which has the benefits of co-sleeping without some of the safety hazards, is co-sleepers. This is a place for the baby to sleep that attaches to the side of the bed.
True co-sleeping, involves putting the baby in the bed with mom and dad. Many people place the baby in bed between mom and dad, but it is usually recommended to put the baby on the side of mom.
What are the benefits?
In addition to the benefits listed above, co-sleeping can help you get more sleep. The baby is right there next to you, so you dont have to get up to comfort them when theyre crying. Its also much more convenient for nighttime feedings. Studies have shown that co-sleeping helps babies get into their biorhythms faster, so theyll start sleeping through the night earlier.
While many people are concerned about the dangers of sleeping in the same bed with your child, research has actually shown co-sleeping reduces the occurrence of SIDS. Doctors theorize that SIDS is caused by the baby entering too deep a sleep. When a parent is sleeping near, there are noises of breathing and shifting keep the child from entering too deep a sleep.
One of the biggest safety concerns with co-sleeping is suffocation. Many parents worry
that they will roll over on their child.
Actually, while suffocation deaths do occur with co sleeping, it is
usually due to improper bedding. Make sure to sleep with your child
on a firm bed. Do not provide pillows or blankets that are too soft.
Also, never leave your infant unattended in and adult bed. To avoid
rollover, do not sleep in the same bed with your child if you have
been drinking or are exhausted.
Another leading cause of death with co sleeping is the getting caught in the headboard or foot board. Get a headboard or footboard with no spaces cracks or crevices that your baby can fit into. If unsure about a certain headboard, dont risk it.
You should also take care to keep the baby from falling off the bed. You can do this by having the baby sleep between the parents, putting one side of the bed up against the wall, or using a toddler guard rail.
Having more than one person in a bed also means the temperature will be warmer, take steps to keep your baby from overheating. The best way is to give them a separate blanket. This will also keep them from getting uncovered accidentally in the middle of the night.
If done properly, co-sleeping can be highly beneficial for you and your child.
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