Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sleeping with baby

Co-sleeping or sleep sharing is the practice whereby parents sleep with their baby in their bed. Encouraged by some and denounced by others, co-sleeping is the heart of a controversy when it becomes difficult to navigate. While co-sleeping, good or bad?


The first advantage of co-sleeping is that it promotes breastfeeding: in fact, as baby sleeps next to it, no need to get up, pacing the hallway, making the effort to raise before wait for it to fall asleep again before joining the sheets warm. Being right next door, you simply sitting up, taking him in your arms, and voila! Besides the fact of not having to get up several times during the night greatly limits the fatigue of the mother the next day.

According to some studies, co-sleeping baby would also allow the best nights to go from being reassured by the presence of his parents, also more peaceful to have their baby at their side. Finally, sleeping with her baby avoids assimilation "sleeping = abandonment" and therefore avoid the tears when lying down.


The first reason that encourages some to warn parents against co-sleeping, the risk of serious accident with Baby. Indeed, one hand adult beds are not suitable for babies who can fall, get stuck against the bed frame or choke on pillows or sheets and blankets. On the other hand, parents can smother their babies, turning on him at night without realizing it, or the serious injury by giving him a blow. Some experts also argue that co-sleeping can affect the healthy development of babies, preventing it from being autonomous in the making "dependent" of his parents sleep at night. The co-sleeping would finally be harmful because it would prevent parents meet in the evening and this lack of privacy could harm the couple.

Sleeping with baby safely

If you have decided to sleep with your baby, be sure to plan everything to minimize the risk of accidents. At first, adjust your bed: choose a firm mattress - soft mattresses promote suffocation - and remove pillows, cushions and blankets that can usually be on your bed. If possible, add a barrier for your baby does not fall. Then, lay your baby on his back and did not particularly share your coverage with him, let him and his pyjama careful not to overlap with the coverage.

The best compromise is to sleep with her baby in her room, but leaving it in its cradle placed right up against the bed. It can sleep with him while significantly reducing the risk of accidents.

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