The great debate-co-sleeping

Co-sleeping can be a wonderful thing. Although this is a debate that has two very strong sides. Most pediatricians believe that co-sleeping can be done safely by following certain parameters, such as sleeping in a queen or king-size bed so there is plenty of room for everyone, placing the baby on his back and between the mother and the guardrail (rather than between the parents), and making sure there are no spaces that the baby could sink in to.

For breastfeeding moms, your baby is right beside you during the night and this can reduces stress in both mom and baby. As a mother I felt stressed when I was separated from my babies. When you co-sleep your baby is happier and doesn’t have to cry to get your attention, and you don’t have to get out of bed. If you are breastfeeding you can just latch the baby on and maybe even go back to bed yourself.

The concerns around co-sleeping is that an infant can smother easily. Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has been the cause of death in some babies who co-sleep. If you follow the above precautions you reduce this risk drastically.

The other option if you do not want to co-sleep but do not want your baby in their own room, is to room share. This was the option I chose with both my children. I did not have them in my bed but they were in my room. This way I could calm them with my voice. It also allowed their father to take part in their night time feedings.

No matter what option you chose, it will be the right one for you and our baby. Motherhood is very rewarding and also comes with a lot of mistakes and takes practice. You got this!

About nicholefolino

I am a mother of two lovely, fast growing children. Not only do they keep me busy and active but they amaze me every day. I have a background in Early childhood education and that knowledge has not only helped me grow and nurture my children, but also the families that were in my care. I am born and raised in Hamilton and know what a great place it is to raise children. I am so excited to be bringing Mommy Connections to Hamilton and to start my own "tribe" of phenomenal women.

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