Sleeping With Your Baby: Co-Sleeping Pros and Cons
Co-sleeping has always been a very controversial topic. Unfortunately society carries so much mom-shame to co-sleeping that the mom’s who do, have become silent about it.
There are more moms out there that co-sleep than one’s who do not. Actually 67% of the world population co-sleeps with their baby; majority are breastfeeding mothers.
This style is not just based on the convenience of feeding in a bed (after an exhausting day of being a mother) but it also brings a level of intimacy many mothers have yet to experience.
The AAP does not endorse bed-sharing. Many of the tragedies in bed-sharing have happened because the Safe Sleep 7 was not being followed.
The Safe-Sleep 7 is crucial to assuring precaution. This method of sleeping has worked out for my family and I.
The combination in lack of sleep and anxiety ran through me in the beginning of my baby’s life because he loved sleeping on his side, or could only sleep with a muslin swaddle blanket covering his face.
Muslin is a beautiful, soft, breathable material for the baby to sleep with at night in substitute to baby blankets that were made back then, materials of cotton, wool or cashmere.
There are definitely con’s I would love to discuss. Not sure if other families have gone through similar situations with co-sleeping but all is great and all is maddening, here are the co sleeping pros and cons.
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PRO’S OF CO-SLEEPING
intimacy of skin to skin
breastfeeding + continuous nursing vacations (a tactic to increase milk supply)
less anxiety about the risks
helps decline postpartum depression
CON’S OF BED-SHARING
sleep quality suffers
your relationship/sex life suffers
if you or your partner are deep sleepers, it can increase chance of SIDS
Bed-Sharing Position’s Are Important To Incorporate