Parents often wonder whether they want their precious newborn baby to sleep in their own room or with them. “But what if I never get my child out of my room?” is a question parents always ask. It is the fear of their children not wanting to sleep in their own beds that scares them off from co-sleeping. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with letting your baby sleep on her own, but co-sleeping is very beneficial and I am going to share with you why.
Firstly, What Is Co-Sleeping?
Co-sleeping is when your baby or child is sleeping in the same bed or room as you. It means that you are sleeping closer to your child. For example, letting your baby sleep in your own bed or in a coflt or baby bed next to you.
1. Babies Sleep Better And For Longer Periods
It’s natural for a baby to want to be close to its mom consistently and at all times. Infants need their mothers and fathers to look after them and care for them and to help them grow into happy healthy adults. It is proven that co-sleeping babies sleep better at night. What is the reason for this?
Sleeping next to a loved one helps you relax. Nobody likes to be alone. Your presence in the room will help your baby to calm down. If an infant is alone at night and scared, her brain can become active and she can struggle to fall asleep again. With you next to her she is at ease and will fall asleep peacefully. Bonus you also get more sleep in and you don’t need to walk to another room at night especially when it’s cold.
2. The Risk Of Sids Is Reduced By About 50 Percent
Babies from the age of 0 to 12 months are very vulnerable for sudden infant death syndrome. There has been numerous cases and you want to avoid it as far as possible. I am not trying to scare you, but it is proven that co-sleeping reduces the risk of sids by 50 percent. Luckily by sharing a room with your baby you are nearby if anything should happen and also your motherly instinct will kick in.
3. Co-sleeping Reduces Stress
Sleeping next to a loved one has a very beneficial impact on babies as well as adults. In fact it co-sleeping reduces stress, depression and anxiety. If your child is sleeping next to you or close by you won’t constantly need to go and check up on her whether she is still breathing or if she is sleeping alright. Even though we have some of the best baby monitors it is completely natural for moms or parents to still worry over their children.
4. It’s Easier To Breastfeed Your Baby
When my daughter was younger she used to fall asleep on my breast at night. She slept between me and my husband. That is the only way we were able to get some rest at night. Honestly we were scared that one of us could role on her in our sleep, but we followed safety measures and placed pillows were needed.
Many babies want to nurse constantly. By co-sleeping your baby is nearby and you can nurse her whenever she wants to without having you walking to her room and she is crying after you. Did you know that when a baby nurses frequently it builds on breastmilk supply?
5. Parents Enjoy More Sleep
Yes the main bed or room can get overcrowded, but co-sleeping also helps parents enjoy more sleep. With your child next to you you automatically feel more relaxed and this will allow you to fall asleep faster and sleep much better at night. We all need plenty of sleep raising these incredible tiny humans that God blessed us with.