What is cosleeping and what are the benefits of this ancient parenting practice? How can I practice cosleeping safely? Some parents are asking
these questions because they've heard conflicting reports about cosleeping. Here are some informative articles that address these concerns.
In our modern culture, many people wouldn’t even consider sleeping in 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 child’s 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.
CoSleeping How Tos - There are a few options for co-sleeping with your baby. The most common nowadays is to have the baby’s 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 of cosleeping?
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 don’t
have to get up to comfort them when they’re crying. It’s also much more convenient for nighttime breastfeeding. Cosleeping can
help delay a nursing Mom's fertility which for many is a nice plus.
While many people are concerned about the dangers of sleeping in the same bed with your child, some studies have actually shown
co-sleeping reduces the occurrence of SIDS. Doctors theorize that SIDS is caused by the baby entering a phase of sleep that is too deep,
with baby forgetting to breathe. When a parent is sleeping near, there are noises of breathing and shifting, and the mother's exhaling may
trigger baby's breathing.
Safety Precautions - One of the biggest safety concerns with co-sleeping is suffocation. Many parents worry that they will roll over on
their child. Make sure to sleep with your child on a firm bed, waterbeds are not appropriate for cosleeping. Do not provide pillows
or blankets that are too soft. Also, never leave your infant unattended in an adult bed. Do not sleep in the same bed with your child
if you have been drinking alcohol or are using sleep medications.
Another leading cause of death with co sleeping is the baby getting caught in the headboard or foot board. Get a headboard or footboard
with no spaces that your baby can roll into. 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 side 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. If
done properly, co-sleeping can be highly beneficial for you and your child.