Every parent wants to bond with their child and one way to do so is by co-sleeping with them. You will hardly be able to do that once they get older and start asking for space and privacy. As a new parent, you want to spend all your time with something so cute and innocent and want to take care of them even when they sleep. Some parents already co-sleep with their infant and some want to give it a shot, but there are many questions regarding the practice. You should not jump right into it without knowing its pros and cons. Before co-sleep with your little one, you should know some of the following facts.
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1. It Is Not Always Dangerous
Co-sleeping does not always mean sleeping in the same bed as your baby. It may also mean just sleeping in the same room without any physical contact. If your feel that your little one is too small and you fear suffocating it in your sleep or pushing it over the bed, you should just share a room together and not the bed. You should let it sleep in a crib placed at an arm’s distance. Babies give off cues that may need a quick reaction from you.
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2. It Encourages Night Breastfeeding
You can sleep with your baby in the same bed when they are slightly older so that you don’t have to fear crushing them while you sleep. You will be in a position to easily feed your little one, which encourages nighttime feeding. When they get used to it, they may drink from your breasts while you remain asleep the entire time.
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3. Your Sleep Cycle Merges With Your Baby’s
Co-sleeping with your baby means going to bed when it does and waking up along with it. Soon your sleep cycles will get synced. This does not mean that you will be able to get more sleep. As babies constantly toss and turn throughout the night, you will be disturbed frequently.
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4. Babies Take Up More Space Than You Do
You may feel that babies are small and will fit in one corner of the bed, but you are wrong. They usually take a lot more space than you do. You will probably end up sleeping in the crack between your bed and the wall.
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5. It Helps You Bond With Your Child
Many parents go to work during the day and when they come back home, it is almost bedtime for their little one. Co-sleeping is especially beneficial for such parents as they will be able to form a bond with their child.
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6. Babies Do Not Become Dependent
Babies who co-sleep with their parents do not end up becoming completely dependent on their parents. One of the aims of co-sleeping is to guide and support your baby to become independent. They will still have the same confidence as their non-co-sleeping counterparts and may even be more fearless than them.
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7. It Leads To More Sleep For Babies
When you baby is in another room and it cries to get your attention. Crying also makes it awake, and it will have a difficult time falling asleep again. When you are there beside your baby when it needs you, unnecessary wastage of time is prevented. You baby calms down sooner and falls back asleep faster, resulting in more sleep overall.
Whether you want to co-sleep with you baby or not is completely up to you. You should not do it just because your friends are doing it or someone recommended it to you. It should be your personal choice and should depend on your convenience. Taking care of your child should not hamper the romance between you and your partner.