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Before we get into the post I want to make a few statements. First I am not an expert nor do I claim to be one on safe co sleeping. Second, every family is different and you should always use your best judgement when it comes to your child. Lastly, this post is to share information based on my experiences.
This post will be based on safe co sleeping, which I consider to be a co sleeping device next to the bed. I’ll post a link to what I am talking about at the bottom of this post. I know every family is different. For this reason, I can not recommend other means of co sleeping to strangers on the internet.
If you are going to co sleep with your child in the bed, I want to offer a few tips. Never put the child in the bed if there isn’t enough room for everyone move freely. Also, don’t co sleep if you are overly tired. I know this is hard for new parents. Being too tired makes it easier for you to roll over on baby and not notice. We all just want what is best for our kids, so use your best judgment.
Now that I am done being the safety nut, let’s talk about safe co sleeping. I have come up with a small list of how co sleeping benefits the whole family. Some people still choose to place baby in their own room and that is perfectly fine. I just want to offer up how co sleeping might benefit your family if you are considering it. Here are the reasons I love co sleeping.
Babies bond to their parents based on smells and feelings in the beginning. A child can’t see very well so they use their other senses to determine who to trust and not to trust. Considering that they are exposed to their parents the most they bond with us based on how we smell and feel to them.
The more exposure your child has to you the more they are going to bond with you. More bonding means a happier baby. Babies seem to feel the more upset when they are awake and alone. Placing the baby next to the bed where they can sense you can also make them feel safer at night as well. A baby who feels safe is a baby who cries less.
More Sleep For Breast Feeding Mom
I don’t really think I have to mention this one, but use in case I get that one person who might have considered it. If you choose to co sleep, the baby is so much closer to the boob (yes I said boob). Half asleep feedings at night are the best way to make sure mommy is more awake during the day. You might still need that extra cup of coffee in the morning but at least you didn’t have to actually get out of bed in the night.
More Sleep For Formula Families
We are both a breastfeed and formula feed family. We started with the boob (yes, again) and then had to switch to formula later. I honestly just moved what we needed for the bottles into our room at night. It was the best decision I made. I highly recommend having a little feeding set up next to the bed to make your life easier.
More Relaxed Baby (which results in more sleep)
Did I mention this a little with the easier bonding? Well, I am going to say it again. If the baby bonds with you, then being next to you at night will put them at ease. A relaxed baby means a baby that will sleep more. Isn’t that what we all want?
I’m looking at you mom. I don’t want to stereotype dads, so I’ll look in your direction too. We all worry about SIDS when we first bring our babies home. It kept me awake at night more times than I can remember. I enjoyed having my baby close to me so I could easily check on him and then go back to sleep. Safe co sleeping can help to ease your mind too.
There are so many more benefits to safe co sleeping, but these are the main ones for me. I enjoyed having my son so close to me. It put my mind at ease and helped me sleep more. Those first months home can be very tiresome.
If you are a co sleeping veteran share some reasons why you decided to do it.
As promised these are some of the safe co sleepers I was talking about.