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Co-sleeping is the term used when a baby or child shares a bed with their parents. This means that you essentially share the sleeping quarters with this little joy of your life rather than having the child in a basinet, crib or in a child’s bed. Many parents prefer to co-sleep while others are completely against this idea. Today we will share both sides of the story with the pros and cons of co-sleeping.
Pros of Co-Sleeping
Many people who are for co-sleeping will state that this helps solidify a deeper bond with their child. A newborn benefits from close contact with their parent and co-sleeping gives them the added comfort of feeling safe like they were in the womb.
There are others who say that breastfeeding in the middle of the night is simply easier when you co-sleep. You no longer have to worry about getting out of bed, going to grab your newborn, waking both of you up and then nursing them. When you opt to co-sleep with your baby, middle of the night nursing’s become easier.
When you opt to co-sleep with your baby, you are better able to watch them and notice their movements during sleeping hours. Most new parents are nervous about their newborn while asleep; co-sleeping adds an extra level of security for both parent and baby.
Cons of Co-Sleeping
Research has suggested a link between SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and co-sleeping. When you co-sleep with your newborn, they are in your bed with sheets and blankets, perhaps lying upon a soft mattress. These are all factors that increase the risk of SIDS, according to studies.
Co-sleeping can wreak havoc upon your marriage or relationship. There’s no room for intimacy when the baby is in bed with you. Co-sleeping can add extra tension to an already tense, sleep deprived time in your relationship. If bedtime is the only chance to be close to your spouse, co-sleeping may not help your marriage.
The biggest con of co-sleeping is that you may end up with a six year old in your bed. If you don’t work to stop the co-sleeping habit at an early age, you will soon find that your older child has no coping mechanisms to fall asleep on their own in their own bed or bedroom.
While the list of pros and cons of co-sleeping could go on and on, there are certainly valid arguments on both sides of the aisle. Whatever you decide to do, please use these pros and cons to help guide you forward in the right decision for you and your baby.