A full eight hours of sleep? What a dream (no pun intended). Getting a little one to sleep peacefully through the night can be a challenging task—one that leaves both parent and baby feeling exhausted during the day.
Many parents attempt to remedy this fitful sleep by co-sleeping with their little one, but this hot-button issue is one that has both pediatricians and parents on opposite sides.
Let’s delve into co-sleeping and learn the safest ways for your baby to sleep peacefully through the night.
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Co-sleeping—in the most general sense—refers to sleeping in close proximity to your child.
There are several reasons a parent might choose to co-sleep with their baby:
Whatever the reasons for co-sleeping, it’s important to consider how to appropriately do so without putting your little one in danger. In order to do that, let’s examine the different types of co-sleeping.
The term co-sleeping can be used in a several ways. Co-sleeping may refer to several different sleeping scenarios:
The first co-sleeping scenario tends to be controversial for several reasons. Sharing the same bed as baby has been associated with a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, 69 percent of infants who died from SIDS were bed-sharing at the time of their death.
Unfortunately, experts agree that there are many dangers related to putting babies to sleep in adult beds.
Putting a baby to sleep in your room in a separate bassinet can be a great alternative, but many parents want to be able to reach out and touch their baby in the middle of the night without having to leave bed.
Luckily, there’s a happy compromise—co-sleeping scenario number three.
With bedside co-sleeper bassinets, you can keep baby within arm’s reach during the night.
While bed sharing should be avoided, the UK’s Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) advises the safest place for your baby to sleep is in a crib or bassinet in your bedroom.
Baby co-sleeper beds are designed to be separate from your bed, while still providing you with immediate access to your child in the middle of the night.
Studies show that this type of co-sleeping can actually reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by as much as 50 percent.
While the reasons for this reduced risk aren’t clear cut, it’s theorized that having other people in the room makes your little one sleep less deeply. It’s also thought that keeping a little one within Mom’s reach makes it simpler to breastfeed—breastfeeding has been reported to cut the risk of SIDS by 70 percent.
Keeping baby in your bedroom for those first 12 months of life might also help enhance your bond, as you can provide comfort more quickly and respond to your little one’s needs immediately.
Bottom line: Is it bad to co-sleep with your baby? Not if you take the right precautions and use the right co-sleeping bassinet.
Lotus co-sleeper bassinets are designed to sit level with your bed so your baby is always within reach, whether you need to provide a soothing rock, provide a midnight feeding, or just for your own peace of mind.
Turn your Lotus co-sleeper bassinett into a soothing rocker or keep it stationary; simply rotate the rockers up and out of the way for a quick way to tailor your little one’s sleeping environment. Our infant co-sleeper bassinet is perfect for newborns and infants up to 18 pounds.
If you want to move your little one’s bed, whether that be away from your bedside or into another room, use the bassinet expansion attachment to convert your travel bassinet into a portable Everywhere Crib.
The ClearView Mesh side access door allows easy access for cuddles, feeding, and visibility during the nighttime hours, and the lightweight crib can easily be moved from room to room to ensure your baby has a safe, comfortable place to nap during the day.
While the decision to move baby from your room to their own is a personal one, many parents choose to transition their baby to their own room within the first year.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, babies should sleep in their parents’ room—but not in the same bed—for at least the first six months, and ideally for a whole year.
Babies typically become more aware of their surroundings after 6 months, which can make the transition process a bit more challenging should you wait until later.
For many parents, a year might be too long. If you’re ready to move your little one into their own room before then, that’s totally okay, too. Every baby is different, and it’s important to do what’s best for your family.
If you want to co-sleep with your little one, keep these tips in mind to ensure your baby sleeps safely and soundly: