Co Sleeping Basics
There is a right way!
And, when followed the benefits of co sleeping are tremendous. In Japan, a place where co-sleeping and breastfeeding is very much normal, rates of the SIDS are the lowest in the world.
Co Sleeping can be many things…
Co sleeping refers to any situation where a committed adult caregiver, typically mom, sleeps within a few feet of her baby. This means that each, the mother and infant, can respond to the sensory signals and cues of the other. Room sharing is a form of co sleeping, always considered and recommended by experts.
Bed-sharing (a type of co sleeping) makes breastfeeding much easier to manage and significantly increases the amount of breastfeeding sessions while allowing both parent and baby to spend more time asleep. It also decreases wake ups, discomfort and wakeful evening hours.
Either option provides the entire family with more time asleep while working beautifully with biology. In most cases a mother/birth parent feels some sort of maternal urge to be close to her baby. Touch their baby and sleep with their baby. Even if they do not admit it, they have thought of it. When considering human infant and parental biology and psychology you recognize the existence of powerful physiological and social factors that promote maternal motivations to co sleep and clearly define parental needs to touch and sleep close to baby.
Baby has ancient neurologically-based responses to birth parents smell, movements, and touch. We all know how easily anyone of them can reduce crying while also positively regulating infant breathing, body temperature, absorption of calories, stress hormone levels, immune status, and oxygenation. In a nut shell, co sleeping (whether on the same surface or not) facilitates positive changes in babe.
Did you know…
When safe bed sharing guidelines are followed, both mom/birth parent and babe get more sleep?
A breast/chest feeding parent will help to regulate their supply by sleeping on the same surface as their baby?
Both you and your baby will access the parasympathetic nervous system the closer you are? Impacting healing and bonding!
When you share a room with your baby, you will wake before they do? Minimizing distress!
That any other form of co sleeping is unsafe? Only bed sharing and room sharing are!
Did you sleep with your baby?
We know many parents who are scared by the thought of sharing space with their baby. However, there is a wrong way and a right way. If you feel the urge, it is possible. And safe!
Visit Infant Sleep Expert Dr. J. McKenna’s website for a visual guideline of safe bed sharing.