Sharing a bed with a baby is probably something that every parent has tried at some point. Who wouldn’t want to keep their bundle of joy next to them at all times? However, while sharing a bed or a room with their baby is a nightly habit for some parents, others would argue about the safety of this practice.
Granted, there are some dangers when it comes to bedsharing. You may roll over the child. His/her body temperature may become too high if you are too close, arising several health problems.
Moreover, if the baby ends up tangled in the sheets, they wouldn’t be able to release themselves and breathe on their own. So you must understand the concept fully and follow the best practices.
Many people around you advise that co-sleeping is dangerous. Yes, it is dangerous if the baby is not ready for bed-sharing.
Co-sleeping is more common than you think.
Co-sleeping can help boost a baby’s development
What is Co-Sleeping or Bed Sharing?
Co-sleeping is sleeping close to your baby, regardless if it’s in the same bed or the same room. This type of proximity sleeping can also be of different types:
Co-sleeping, also referred to as sleep-sharing, which means sharing a bed with your child. In simple words, co-sleeping is a newborn, baby, or child sleeping with one or both parents. The different ways of co-sleeping are:
1. Where one or both the parents sleep with the child in the same bed.
2. Here, the baby sleeps in a crib or bassinet, or in the same room an arm’s away from the parents’ reach.
3. The crib is attached to one side of the bed, next to the mother. This side can be removed or lowered so that it is easy to breastfeed the baby. You will also get commercial sidebar or co-sleeper cribs in the market.
4. occasionally: The child is made to sleep in her bedroom and is taken when needed. Parents usually welcome their babies followed by a night waking.
Co-sleeping with sidecar arrangement:
What Can Go Wrong With bedsharing?
Also, if you are a heavy sleeper or very tired, you may also want to avoid sharing a bed with your baby. If anything goes wrong, you wouldn’t be able to wake up before a disaster happens.
Do not put toys next to them when babies sleep.
Adults body temperature may not suit your baby and he or she might not get comfortable sleep.
Older siblings should avoid sleeping with their brothers or sisters if they are under 12 months since they are also developing their sleeping habits.
· Co-sleeping is the safest as the baby gets older. The older a child gets, the safer co-sleeping becomes.
· The reason for this is simple – older children have the physical ability to extricate themselves from possible entrapment or even suffocation.
It all depends on what works for your family best! Every baby is different, and every family’s circumstances are different,