Why Consider a Co Sleeper for Your Baby
I simply cannot understand how some parents so nonchalantly lay their newborns to sleep on their own in a completely separate nursery. When I had my first child, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving him unattained even for a second during the first years. Okay, that’s probably a lie. Even though my son is in his teens I’m still as much concerned about his well-being like the day he was born. Luckily, these concerns now heavily depend on his grades and do not make me wake up in the middle of the night to check on him.
Although years have past ever since, I still distinctly remember our shared nights together – my husband, me, and our little son sleeping next to us. Call us old-fashioned, but this so called “co-sleeping” allowed us to have our little one close by for soothing and feeding at any time of the night. And this couldn’t be possible without our trusted co sleeper for baby. The co sleeper is essentially a crib or a bassinet attached to the bed of the parents, but secured in a way that they don’t have to worry about harming the baby while rolling over. Here are a few benefits a co sleeper can have.
Increases Baby’s Safety
Any night time danger for a child is significantly reduced if there’s an adult close by who can quickly intervene. In fact, fatal accidents while sleeping are the most common cause for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). Having you baby next to you in a co sleeper allows you to make sure it’s sleeping safely on its back and that is head is not covered by the blanket. Moreover, due to the proximity, even if you’re fast asleep, you can easily sense the baby’s tossing or crying if something’s wrong.
Meet Baby’s Needs Without Getting Up
Babies need to be fed, soothed and changed for several times during the night. As a new mummy, having to get up from a deep sleep to tend to your baby’s needs can be dangerous. In that half-asleep state it’s easy to trip or get hurt. Moreover, getting up is extremely inadvisable for women who gave birth by Caesarian section because it could strain their wound. But being able to satisfy your baby’s demands by just rolling over to his side is a lot more convenient and safer. And if your co sleeper for baby comes with the ability to rock, you won’t even have to stand up to rock your baby to sleep, you can do so being cosy in your bed
Good for Baby’s and Parent’s Emotional Health
Studies of people sleeping with others vs. people sleeping alone have shown that the presence of another person significantly improves heart rate and blood pressure and results in increased release of serotonine (the happiness hormone). All of this is connected with improving people’s emotional state and appeasing them. And a small baby that’s bombarded with different sensations is prone to stress and needs to be appeased the whole time, even while sleeping. Not to mention the stress first time parents undergo. A co sleeper allows for more bonding time and secure attachment between the parent and the child. This closeness formed in infancy, later translates to the child having an increased trust and a closer relationship with his parents.
Versatile Furniture Piece
Don’t worry, a co sleeper does not mean you’ll have to spend additional money for buying a separate crib for daytime. There are models on the market which can transform into a stand-alone crib with walls that can be raised or lowered on demand. A co sleeper that can perform both functions is a space-efficient option that saves you from having to buy two pieces of furniture.