Suddenly you find yourself sleeping every night with your baby close to you. And you wonder will I be doing well? This is what the experts say.
When your baby is born you have everything ready: his clothes, hygiene articles, his stroller (stroller) and his crib. You prepare her room even if you are not going to use it in the months that follow the birth, and you arrange the crib next to your bed to have a better contact during those first weeks. Suddenly, however, you find yourself sleeping every night with your baby attached to you, and you wonder: Am I doing okay?
There is really no one better than you as a mother to know what is best for your baby. Some children sleep from the first day in their crib and others, on the other hand, fall asleep after nursing and need skin-to-skin contact to be able to fall asleep.
There are different opinions about co-sleeping: some in favor and some against. The truth is that there is no absolute truth, but there are different realities indoors and each family adapts better to it according to their possibilities. Sleeping with our baby is not the same when it is small than when it is two years old and space is reduced. If you sleep with your baby you will surely have heard criticism, since our culture qualifies it as an inappropriate practice. However, it has its advantages; let’s see:
A bond that is reinforced
The fact of having our baby glued skin to skin reinforces their safety. It lets you know that your caregivers are there, that you can sleep safely and securely. For the mother it is also beneficial, because it gives him peace of mind and follows his instinct to protect his baby.
Having your baby in the same bed provides a quick response to your little one’s demand and lowers his anxiety level. If you are hungry, you only have your chest at your disposal and continue sleeping. Thus, mother and baby have mild awakenings during the night and the whole family rests better.
The right temperature
When a baby sleeps next to his mother, his body regulates the temperature appropriately and it is not necessary for him to sleep so warmly, since his parents help to acclimate his body.
Decreased risk of apnea
Babies under three months often suffer from apnea, but when sleeping in bed with their parents, they listen to their parents’ breathing and apnea situations are less frequent or almost infrequent.
The advantages are many, but without a doubt the most important is the strong emotional bond that is generated when sleeping with the little one. After all, we can see in nature, in mammals, that females sleep with their cubs until the suckling period is over. So if you feel that way, go ahead. Although you should also be attentive to these disadvantages:
Risk of suffocation and crushing
Many specialists advise against co-sleeping due to the risk of suffocation that it entails, especially if the baby sleeps between the two parents. If the child sleeps on the mother’s side, this risk decreases, but even so, precautions must be taken, especially in winter. On the other hand, experts also talk about the risk of crushing, even more so on soft mattresses or small beds, and the risk increases if the baby sleeps in the middle.
At the border
Another disadvantage is the risk of the baby falling out of bed if he sleeps on his mother’s side. To avoid this, it is advisable to use a special rail for co-sleeping, or a cushion. It all depends on how much your little one moves.
Three is a crowd
There comes a point where three in bed is too many. The baby is grown up and no longer curls up to sleep, but says, “Hey, this is my space,” and walks through, turns during the night, and more than once Mom and Dad appear huddled in the corner. It is then time to look for an alternative. You can also continue practicing co-sleeping by placing a crib or bed attached to the double bed; thus each one will have their space without relegating closeness. In addition, this is beneficial because the baby gets used to the fact that this is his place and then the transition to his room will be less traumatic.
Whether for or against, co-sleeping is a completely natural practice that knows no borders and that has been carried out since the beginning of humanity itself. One thing to keep in mind is that in Japan, where co-sleeping is very common, the rate of sudden infant death is one of the lowest in the world. And you, do you sleep with your baby?