Have you ever heard of co sleeping? Even if you’ve never heard the term before, chances are good you know a little something about co sleeping with your baby. This is technically an overarching term that includes a lot of different aspects of sleeping in the same bed or room with your child, and there are many different variations on co sleeping, too. The trend of co sleeping is getting more and more popular with modern parents, and you may already know parents who sleep with their children in the bed with them. If you’re interested in trying co sleeping for yourself, there’s a lot you need to learn before you give it a shot.
First, it’s important to understand the different types of co sleeping you might want to try. Depending on the age of your child and the specific situation for you and your family, one of these may work better for you than others.
· “True” co sleeping: Although some co sleepers may argue this point, true co sleeping is when you invite your baby or older child to sleep in the bed with you without any attachments or separation. You, your partner, and your child sleep in the same bed, usually with the adults on the outside and the child on the inside. You may use a bed rail, but otherwise, the bed is usually left as-is.
· Cot attachment co sleeping: This is co sleeping with an infant in a co sleeper attachment. There are several different co sleeper bed attachments to choose from, but most of these are only meant to be used for the first few months of your baby’s life. As your baby ages, you’ll need to think about which type of co sleeping to go with from there.
· Same room co sleeping: You can put your baby’s crib or cot in the same room with you and co sleep this way if you’re concerned about safety issues. You can also do this with a toddler bed as your child gets older, too. This is generally considered the safest co sleeping option, but it may not be right for everyone.
· Co sleeping as needed: If you grew up going to sleep with your parents after a nightmare, you’ve experienced this “old-fashioned” type of co sleeping. With this method, your child will sleep in his or her own room unless otherwise needed.
Choosing the right type of co sleeping for you and your family is very important to ensuring everyone is safe and happy throughout this process. Be sure you understand all the do’s and don’ts of co sleeping before you ever get started trying it, too. Although there are some risks involved with any type of co sleeping, you can provide a safe sleeping environment for your baby at any stage of his or her life with a little information to help you get started.
As always, be sure to speak with your pediatrician before making any major lifestyle changes for your little one.