Co-sleeping with your baby: Should you or should you not?

New parents would wonder about what sleeping arrangements they should make for their baby. Co-sleeping is one practice that more and more parents are adopting. It is not a new practice because it was commonly practised in the past. This is, however, not the case in the United States, UK and Europe. If you are thinking about sharing the bed with your child, here’s what you need to know.

Advantages of co-sleeping with baby

  • Parents and babies who co-sleep get more rest. A newborn is very attached to its mother and father. He needs to feel secure, especially at night. Having you close by will help your baby sleep longer and better. As a fringe benefit, you get more sleep too because your infant might not be as restless.
  • You can make a better connection with your baby. Studies show that babies who co-sleep with parents are better adjusted and emotionally secure. It’s suggested that bed-sharing can create stronger bonds between parents and children.
  • You can nurse your baby or change his diapers whenever needed. No more trips during the night because your baby is right beside you.
  • The baby might cry less. It is also suggested that a lot of restlessness in infants comes from being left alone. A baby needs constant comforting because it is adapting to a new environment. Being close to parents can help the baby to feel more secure.

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Disadvantages of co-sleeping with your baby

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