Why Co-Sleeping Is Good For the Child and the Parents

Child co-sleeping with dad

Many 0-3 months consider co-sleeping to be one of the most exciting stages of your baby’s development. There are several reasons that co-sleeping is good for the baby and the parents.

A typical day in a newborn baby’s life takes about twenty-four hours. It would be wise for the mother to get some much-needed rest during this time. With a co-sleeper baby, however, one or two sleepless nights won’t hurt the entire healthy developmental growth of the baby.

Studies of about co-sleeping effects

There are several studies regarding the effects of co-sleeping. One such study showed that infants who slept for two hours or less during the night did not have any more incidences of SIDS or SIDS related deaths.

Another study found that co-sleeping babies are at a much lower risk of SIDS. This study looked at a group of children who slept with their mothers and had no other means of reinsurance such as blankets during the night. These babies were found to have a 2.5 times lower rate of SIDS than babies who did not get the co-sleeping sleep.

With the effects of co-sleeping being so positive, what are the ways a mother can benefit when co-sleeping with her baby? First of all, co-sleeping is best if the baby is breastfed. It is said that mothers who breastfeed their babies have a lower risk of SIDS and other forms of sudden infant death.

Many studies suggest that co-sleeping with your baby will allow the mother to get some much-needed rest. With many mothers staying at home to help with the family, this may mean the mother can reduce her workload to follow her baby’s co-sleeping schedule and live a more relaxed life that way.

Co-sleeping with your baby may also mean that the baby can get into a more restful sleep state longer than if he or she didn’t have the co-sleeping experience. This means they may sleep better at night time too.

Why co-sleeping is good for parents

Of course, there is also the fact that co-sleeping can be great for the parents. They feel less guilty about the way they deal with their children because they are not going about hands-on management of the baby during the hours of the night.

Along with the numerous studies surrounding co-sleeping, other popular ones do not show how co-sleeping slows down the development of a little one. Some researchers claim that the first year with a baby in the home is a nightmare. They will likely hear an average noise of about eighty to one hundred times daily. The sound this time that was once soft and low is now a scream. This is because a baby is in the process of learning to speak.

When the baby hears this kind of sound that he or she is hearing, the baby will become alarmed, often forcing the baby to scream. There is no way the baby can communicate with you until this loud, crying sound begins to fade.

The next time this happens the baby will become used to hearing this sound and will begin to adjust itself by crying longer and faster than before.

Co-sleeping is a great experience and one that will benefit both the relationship between parent and child. When looking at co-sleeping you may want to think about the following things; how long can you handle the noise level being produced with a baby in your arms? Will the baby be affected if the baby is off to the side or on your lap and what is going to get in the way of the baby’s sleep habits like the crib, pillows, and the diaper covers?

Many co-sleeping options will allow the mother and father to sleep at ease in their bedroom without affecting their relationship with their new baby. There are many options available today on the market to allow co-sleeping, but perhaps what makes co-sleeping special is the fact that you get the comfort that you want.

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