Raising children is an incredible experience; it can be extremely challenging at times, but most of us wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Bringing a newborn home can be one of the most challenging times in a parent’s life; you are adapting to the new baby, getting little sleep, and are faced with constant choices—there is no rule book.
When it comes to getting sleep with a newborn in the house, many parents take what they can get and sleep when the baby does.
Some parents opt to give their baby a separate room from the get-go, and they place the crib in the newly done nursery.
But understanding, many other parents are not comfortable with this approach.
They want to be near the baby, not only for ease of access in case it wakes up but also to bond with it.
However, pediatricians warn that is it not safe to have a baby sleep in bed with its parents; a parent could roll over onto the baby in their sleep, or a pillow or blanket could accidentally be moved and cause the baby to suffocate.
In response to this dilemma, increasing numbers of parents with newborns are turning to co-sleeper cots and beds.
Co-sleeper beds can be equated to the sidecar of a motorcycle; they are a separate baby bed that attaches to the side of the parent’s bed.
They also have mattresses that are specifically designed for babies.
Unlike a traditional crib, co-sleeper cots come with partitions.
These help to make sure the baby doesn’t roll out and the partition on the side that faces the parents can often be undone to reach the baby.
Many co-sleepers on the market these days can also convert into stand-alone beds when the child is old enough to sleep on their own.
Benefits of Co-Sleeping
Many people may be skeptical of co-sleeper beds, but these bedside cribs do work, and they offer a lot of benefits.
Studies have shown that babies have a lot to gain from sharing a room with their parents.
These studies suggest that co-sleeping helps the baby’s senses develop by adding extra stimulation to the room, i.e., noises, smells, touches, and movement that otherwise would not be there if the baby was in a crib in a separate room.
Co-sleeping also has many other benefits for both parents and babies, such as:
Co-sleeper beds offer more sleep for both babies and their parents.
When the baby wakes up crying, it can be nursed quickly and easily because it is so close.
Parents no longer have to walk all the way down the hall to get the baby, feed it, rock it back to sleep, and tuck it in.
With the baby right beside the parent, the baby can be fed and comforted before either party is fully awake, and everyone can go back to sleep easier.
Peace of mind:
Co-sleepers offer parents peace of mind when putting the baby to sleep.
They don’t have to worry about rolling over on the baby in their sleep or go through the anxiety that sometimes comes from being in separate rooms.
Babies are easier to put down when they are near parents, and parents don’t even have to get out of bed if the baby wakes up at night.
Soothing them is easy when they are within arm’s reach.
Perhaps most importantly, co-sleeping has been shown to cut the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in half.
Since parents are right there, they can quickly and easily attend to their baby if anything were wrong.
Many parents who have tried both co-sleeping cots and cribs are giving co-sleeping rave reviews.
They say it is a great way for everyone to get more sleep, and it also helps get the baby to sleep throughout the night much faster than sleeping separately.
Parents who co-sleep also say the practice helps them bond with their baby and gives them peace of mind to know that the baby is safe and only an arm’s length away.
Co-sleeper parents overall say they feel more rested – and as all new parents know, the only thing as precious as their baby is sleep.