In the last post I started to discuss the benefits of co-sleeping. Some of those benefits included babies learning how...
In the last post I started to discuss the benefits of co-sleeping. Some of those benefits included babies learning how to sleep well and a reduced SIDS risk. There are more benefits of co-sleeping that result in better baby and mama health as well.
- Ease of breastfeeding. Co-sleeping makes it easy to breastfeed at night -- roll over feed your baby and doze throughout the whole process. So much better than getting up, gathering your baby, finding a spot to sit, and then putting him back to bed when you're through.
- You'll get more sleep. All the mamas I've know who don't co-sleep say, "Well I don't get up each night when the baby cries, my partner does." If you examine this further though you'll find that many of these same mamas admit that they still wake up first when their baby cries and they spend more time rousing their partner to go check on the baby then it would have taken them to simply go get him in the first place. Babies who co-sleep seem to wake less in the first place and are much easier to get back to sleep in my experience.
- Happier babies. I have no proof but there are studies that show that the more you hold your baby the less he tends to cry and fuss. Co-sleeping allows you to move the cuddle into bed and the night and it stands to reason that a co-sleeping baby will stay calmer.
- Bonding. Co-sleeping takes bonding to a nice new level. You are showing your baby that you care enough to be with him and you become acclimated sooner to his needs because you spend more time with him.
- Saving resources. It's true; who knew co-sleeping could be so green. Moving everyone -- you, partner, and baby into the same rooms saves buying a crib, crib mattress, mobile, and all those baby sleep aids (like toys that play calm music) and it saves energy because you only need to heat one room on chilly nights.