Co-Sleeping: Should You Let Your Child Sleep With You?

Co-Sleeping: Should You Let Your Child Sleep With You?

Many countries and cultures in Asia, Central America, South America, Africa, and even southern Europe regard co-sleeping as being perfectly natural. Some Western movements, such as the Natural Child Project, are also working tobring co-sleeping to more families around the world.

However, some parents have the fear of suffocation and other co-sleeping risks to give it a wide berth. Clearly, there areboth co-sleeping and crib or independent sleeping followers, but on which side are the experts?

Advantages Of Co-Sleeping

  • Some experts believe that co-sleeping helps children to sleep better and deeper, especially babies.
  • For working parents, after a day-long separation, it is an opportunity to be close to their child.
  • Co-sleeping may also help fix a child’s sleep-related problems in the short run by temporarily suppressing the sleeping trouble.
  • It also helps a nursing mother align her sleep with that of the child, making room for easier breastfeeding and more sleep.

Co-sleeping could help breastfed babies and their mothers to sleep more, as one study found, but for bottle-fed babies and their moms it didn’t hold true. In the study, mothers who had breastfed slept more while co-sleeping with their babies, but where their baby slept was not influenced by the amount of sleeping bottle-feeding mothers received.

Risks Of Co-Sleeping

Overlying by a parent Entrapment

child may  stuck  between the mattress / pillow or other objects on the bed The child’s head gets stuck in railings as the bed is usually not designed to keep child safety in mind.

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) was a major cause of fatalities. But lately, while deaths associated with SIDS have decreased, deaths have risen due to other causes such as accidental suffocation.

So Sometimes Or Never?

Does this mean that you should completely stop being close to your child when they sleep? As the University of Notre Dame’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory explains, there is a safe way to sleep near your child. Here are some tips that should offer a safe compromise between co-sleeping and self-sufficient sleeping.

  • Make sure the baby’s on the back.
    Let the child sleep alongside the parents on a separate surface, but not in the same bed. It may be a good idea to have a co-sleep attachment to your bed.
  • Never place a child near an adult who does not know that the baby is in the same bed as them. If necessary, vocalize the fact that both of you know the baby is in your bed, reminding you to be careful and that both of you are responsible for the child’s safety. This will alert both parents.
  • Never co-sleep poisoned or sedative, or even antihistamine, after taking it. It could make you sleep deeper than you could possibly imagine.
  • Do not allow children to sleep together with their siblings when they are under a year.

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