Co-sleeping essentially refers to sleeping in close proximity with your baby with one or both the parents. However, it can also mean that he sleeps in his own cot, but in your room.
According to Mom Junction, there are 4 different ways of co-sleeping:
- Family bed or bed sharing: Where one or both the parents sleep with the child in the same bed.
- Different beds same room: Here, the baby sleeps in a crib or bassinet, or in the same room an arm’s away from the parents’ reach.
- Sidecar arrangement: The crib is attached to one side of the bed, next to the mother. This side can be removed or lowered so that it is easy to breastfeed the baby.
- Baby welcomed when needed: The child is made to sleep in her bedroom and is taken when needed. Parents usually welcome their babies followed by a night waking.
There are many benefit of co-sleeping. Here are 7 benefits to make you wanna cuddle up with your little one tonight.
1. Easy breastfeeding
For obvious reasons, babies who co-sleep are more likely to successfully breastfeed and breastfeed longer.
2. Reduced risk of SIDS
Research studies reveal babies are at a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) when they sleep in the same room as parents. But of course, this doesn’t mean that SIDS cannot occur in babies who co-sleep. However, it becomes easier for parents to detect when something is wrong with their baby if they co-sleep.
3. Less night time crying
Knowing mama is close will likely help your baby sleep better and fuss less. They feel secure with you around them. You are able to notice earlier signs of hunger or time for nappy change. Often, this can even be done before they begin to cry.
4. Better sleep for both baby and parents
Being close to mom or dad, unsurprisingly has a calming effect on babies. Co-sleeping parents have more and better sleep. There is no need for you to wake up, get up from the bed and go to the baby to feed or comfort her.
5. Better bonding
It promotes better bonding between parents and the baby. Being there in the dark of the night just strengthens your baby’s instinct that you’ll be there when she’ll need you the most. She feels secure. This is particularly helpful for parents who don’t have much time to bond with the little one during the day.
6. Get daddy involve
Co-sleeping is one of the things that can benefit dad just as much as mom. It gives daddies a feeling of involvement in the baby’s day-to-day care.
7. Lots of cuddles