Bed sharing and co-sleeping are terms often used interchangeably, but incorrectly.
- Bed sharing is the act of a child and parent sharing the same bed.
- Co-sleeping is the act of a child and parent sleeping in the same room and within close proximity, but not necessarily in the same bed.
"Sleeping with your baby, ("co-sleeping ") can be dangerous. If an adult or child rolls over on a baby, the baby can be hurt or even suffocated."Guess what? That's true! It's also true that a baby can be seriously injured or hurt if left to sleep in a crib alone, though. You see, sleeping arrangements are only safe if done correctly. Bed sharing is actually the safest option for your baby if done correctly, according to research done by many people, the most popular being Dr. James McKenna.
In case you want to know the guidelines for bed sharing before you find out all of the benefits, here they are:
- Infant must be breastfed.
- Parents should be the only people in the bed with the infant (no siblings).
- Mattresses should be stiff, have no spaces or gaps between it and a head/foot board, and should not be placed close enough to a wall as to provide a gap that the baby could get wedged in to.
- No one in the bed should be overly exhausted, on any medications that induce sleep, or have any alcohol or drugs in his or her system that would be desensitizing.
- Can only be done in an actual bed--not on a couch, seat, or waterbed.
- Parents cannot be smokers or obese.
- Infant should be placed on his or her back with light covers (no bulkiness) and without a pillow.
Have you ever practiced co-sleeping? How, and for how long?
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