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WHAT IS CO-SLEEPING
First off, what does co-sleeping mean, and why are we discussing it? Co-sleeping is when you practice the method of sleeping close to or in the same bed as your baby, which is actually quite a controversial topic as there are both pros and cons to this practice.
There are many parents who love the co-sleeping method as it means close proximity and sensory proximity for the baby and parent. However, other see this method as dangerous and unethical.
Wondering if co-sleeping is right for you and your little one? Read below for the good and the bad that comes with sleeping nearby your baby.
More Sleep - Because you are close to your baby, they may feel more relaxed knowing you are nearby. This could mean better sleep for the baby, which means more sleep for you!
Stronger Bond - Being close to your baby more often can cause a stronger bond to form. Co-sleeping can also mean more bonding time between the baby and both parents instead of just the one breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding - Having to get up multiple times a night to breastfeed is a struggle. Co-sleeping can mean easier breastfeeding as it allows you to roll over and sleep while your baby feeds.
Less Anxiety - Not only can co-sleeping cause a stronger bond, it can also minimize any separation-anxiety that your baby will naturally have.
Reduce SIDS - Co-sleeping doesn’t have to mean the same bed, it can also mean sharing the same room. Room-sharing means you can watch closely to make sure your baby sleeps safely, which reduces the risk of SIDS.
Suffocation - There is always a possibility that the pillows, sheets, or blankets could suffocate your little one in its sleep.
Poor Sleep - If your baby is extra fussy, that means poor sleep for you as you will wake up very easily every time they cry.
To Much Heat - With the blankets and extra body heat from you or your partner, your baby could start to overheat, which is uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.
Injury - Adult beds do not have bars or railings, so your baby could potentially fall off of the bed and injure themselves.
Co-Dependent - Because the baby never leaves your side, even when they sleep, they could become more dependent on you and feel more separation anxiety if you ever do leave them. This can create more trouble when trying to get them to grow out of the separation anxiety as well.
Increase SIDS - If you share a bed with your baby (not a room) you can actually increase the risk of SIDS.
Mila Christina has no medical license; all team articles are written using research from medical sites and reliable blogs.