Is your baby keeping you up all night?
Or are you an expectant parent hoping to keep your baby sleeping soundly as much as possible?
Have you heard one of your friends say “I co sleep with my baby” and wondered what he or she is talking about?
Co-sleeping has recently become a very popular method of making sure babies and very young children get a good night of sleep. Although this practice has been performed for centuries, there for a while, it got a lot of negative attention because it was attributed to several infant health issues. Today, co sleeping is a controversial subject but still remains pretty common.
So how do you know if co-sleeping is the right choice for you? In this article, you’ll find out everything you need to know about what co-sleeping is, how it’s done, and how you can make sure to provide a safe sleeping environment for your child. You’ll discover pros and cons of this practice so you’ll be better informed and able to make the right call.
Of course, you want what’s best for your child. When you have enough information to help you decide whether or not to co sleep, you’ll be making one more positive step toward safe and secure care for your baby.
PROS of Co-sleeping
As with anything, there are plenty of pros and cons of co-sleeping you should keep in mind before you make the right decision for your family. Take a look at these pros of co sleeping to help you figure out if this is the right choice for you and your baby.
CONS of Co-sleeping
You’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about the cons of co sleep, but why is co sleeping bad? Below, you’ll learn about some of the cons of co-sleeping you might potentially face.
Why can co-sleeping be beneficial for parents too?
Now that you understand a little more about co-sleeping, you might be asking yourself, “What is co sleeping with baby going to do for me?” While you should, of course, make this decision based on your child’s needs above your own, it’s normal to wonder what benefits you as a parent can get from this unique sleeping arrangement. Check out this list to learn more.
- Co sleeping can actually help you sleep more. While you might think having a crying, screaming baby next to your face all night could be a problem when it comes to a good night’s sleep, you’re more likely to find yourself getting better rest when you aren’t having to wake up completely, walk to another room, and turn on a bunch of lights to tend to your child when he or she wakes up.
- You will wake up feeling happier when you aren’t starting your day fretting about your baby in another room. As soon as your alarm goes off, you don’t have to jump out of bed and rush off to check on the baby. You can take your time waking up, tend to the baby in your own bed, and then get your day started like normal.
- You will not have to struggle as much to put the baby to bed every night. When your baby gets a little bit older, he or she might start to have some anxiety when it comes time for bed. Baby might associate going to his or her own room with being away from Mom or Dad, and that can cause problems that only get worse as your child ages. You can avoid this altogether when you co sleep.
In the next section, you’ll learn the co-sleeping pros and cons for you and your baby both so you can decide what’s best for your individual situation.
Is Co-sleeping Right For You?
So, should parents sleep while bed sharing with their babies? It’s a hard decision to make, and since it’s a very controversial topic, you might find yourself worrying about what to do for a long time before your baby is born and well after, too. However, the best thing to keep in mind is that every situation is different. You don’t necessarily have to do the same thing your cousin, friend, sister, or even mother did! However, if their preferred methods work for you, then by all means, go for it.
If you feel that your baby sleeps better in bed with you, and if you’re committed to providing the perfect safe sleeping environment, then co-sleeping may be a great solution. However, if your partner disagrees or if you have a lot of anxiety about the what-ifs of co-sleeping, then it’s probably better to leave your baby in a separate room, or at least in a separate crib.
With the right information, you’ll be able to make the perfect decision easily and keep you and your baby happy and healthy well into the future. Co sleeping isn’t for everyone, but it’s perfect for some. Just remember to keep your sleeping environment safe, to judge when it’s best to start and stop co-sleeping with your individual baby and to keep all your potential pros and cons in mind before you make your decision.
When it comes down to it, a good, safe night’s sleep is the most important factor for you and your baby both.