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What’s the verdict on co-sleeping?

Co-sleeping is where the child sleeps in bed with his parents. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the most hotly debated and controversial topics related to pediatric sleep. Let us see why.

Some people argue that co-sleeping is the right and natural way to boost a child’s confidence because the practice fosters a stronger bond and a more secure attachment.

Conversely, others will tell you that co-sleeping is risky, ridiculous, or even dangerous and they do not want it for their loved ones.

First, it’s important to understand that co-sleeping isn’t magic. Although some proponents of the family bed would disagree, numerous couples have reported that their babies did not necessarily sleep deeper or longer since their parents were close by. In fact, some parents found that their child slept longer and woke less frequently when they stopped co-sleeping and moved him into his crib.

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However, whether families decide to co-sleep or have their kids sleep independently is a private decision, and if both parents and child are safe, rested, and fulfilled, then co-sleeping is nothing to worry about.
Should you decide do co-sleep, this commitment requires some very careful thinking about what you and your partner feel is ideal for you as individuals, as a couple, and as a family.

  • Can it be nice to think about enjoying the coziness of sleeping in close proximity, or does one or more of us tend to stay active during sleeping — possibly disrupting the others?
  • Are we ready to commit to being silent after our child falls asleep, or do we like to watch TV or talk in bed?
  • Will we enjoy being able to feed our baby more often throughout the night, or will having him alongside us make it harder to wean nighttime feeds?
  • Are we agreeable to getting into bed when our child does, to ensure his safety?
  • For working parents, does sleeping next to our child enable us to feel more connected to him?

As anticipated, co-sleeping has both advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Advantages of co-sleeping

  • Constant closeness whenever the child is awake. Many children and parents like this feeling.
  • Immediate actions and support for any sleep-related problem
  • The ability to nurse and react to other night wakings without getting up
  • Possibly better sleep for both the child and the parents, if the child was sleeping badly to Start with

advantages of co-sleeping baby

Disadvantages of co-sleeping

  • Parents may sleep poorly if their kids are restless sleepers
  • Parents may end up sleeping in different rooms, and they may become angry at their child or with each other
  • Children’s and adults’ sleep cycles do not coincide
  • Parents Might Have to go to bed at a very early hour with their children and be left with little time to get their own evening activities
  • Parents have little solitude there could be a small increase in the risk to the infant from SIDS and related causes.

The choice to co-sleep ought to be yours made by the parent — or parents — and according to your own personal philosophies, not on pressure from your child or anyone else. Another family’s bad or good experience with co-sleeping should not influence your choice: your child is unique and your family is not the same. Have you heard of the baby sleep miracle? Click here or the picture below to learn more!


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