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Co Sleeping: Can You Sleep With Your Baby In The Same Bed?

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Written By Anđela Rajković

Certified Sleep Consultant

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13 June 2024 5 min read

In the spirit of International Mother Language Day, we will devote this article to parents co-sleeping with their babies.

Ever since the beginning of time, there were parents who were for sleeping together with their babies, and there were those who were against it. Our thought? Both sleeping solutions are just fine. But, just like doing everything else with your little ones, with co-sleeping, you have to be extra careful.
However, there is nothing to worry about. If you do opt for this sleeping arrangement, that is, if you opt to sleep with your baby (for both your and baby's well-being), you just have to follow some safety tips.

What is co-sleeping

To be honest, co-sleeping with your baby can mean several things. Thus, before we go any further, let us first explain what this term can mean. Basically, co-sleeping can refer to several different sleeping arrangements.

An image of a baby sleeping between parents.

Is it safe to co-sleep with your baby?

Now you know all about different types of co-sleeping. And, you probably already know which one you want to choose for you and your baby (and your other children, older children). But, what you do not know is whether this ‘sleep environment' is safe for you all or not.

Well, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, some types of co-sleeping are safe, but, others, are not. For instance, almost all paediatrics in the world advise parents to never bed share, but, they advise them to sleep in the same room especially for the first couple of months after the baby is born.

An image of a baby sleeping next to mom.

In some cultures, bed-sharing is encouraged. People from these cultures believe that sleeping in the same room and in the same bed lowers the risk of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome. However, in other cultures, parents believe that their babies will be at an elevated risk of getting hurt when co-sleeping.

What is best, is still not clear. So, our advice is to do whatever feels natural and comfortable for your baby, your partner, and yourself. However, if you do decide to have the baby sleep in your own bed, make sure you know all the risk factors and the safety tips.

Tips and precautions for safer co-sleeping

Whether sleeping during the night or having daytime naps, first, you should have an honest conversation with your partner. That is, make sure you are all on the same page when it comes to co-sleeping with your baby. If you are, then, pay attention to the following safety tips when trying to put a baby to sleep in together with you:

An image of a baby sleeping next to dad.

Moreover, have in mind that co-sleeping means that your baby will get used to sleeping with you, in your own bed. So, when the time comes for all of you to stop co-sleeping, be prepared for a lot of sleep training. In other words, getting your baby used to sleeping in a crib might take some time, energy, and effort. Trust us, your baby will not want to sleep on its own after being around you so much.

Conclusion

As you have seen, co-sleeping with your baby has its pros and cons. But, in general, many parents believe that co-sleeping with their baby will lower the risk of infant deaths, encourage the children's development, and simply contribute to safe infant sleep and a stronger bonding experience.

Thus, if you want to co-sleep with your little one, do it. But, just as the research suggests, make sure you are always following the previously mentioned safe sleep guidelines.

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About the author

Anđela Rajković
As a CPD certified Sleep Consultant and well-practiced sleep enthusiast, I find a lot of joy in bringing my expertise to our readers – preferably those who love to sleep. With a background in the English language and literature and a love of research, I'm always seeking new ways to share the latest sleep science and bed-related findings. And, when I'm not connecting with my readers, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, or, well, curling up in bed.
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