When Is It Safe to Co-Sleep with My Baby?

For parents who are just beginning to explore co sleeping, one of the most commonly asked questions is: When is it safe to co sleep?

Though thinking through the when of co sleeping is an important first step for families starting to transition to this long-loved sleeping practice, it’s hard to come to a decision about when to co sleep until you’ve thought through your how to co sleep

How to Co Sleep Safely: Why The “How” Matters

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“Co-sleeping” is commonly used as a catch-all phrase to describe the practice of sleeping in the same room as your child. However, it’s important to understand that there are many different ways that parents choose to co sleep—and some offer more peace of mind than others. 

Though “bed-sharing” is often considered a type of co sleeping, there are actually significant differences between the two practices. 

When bed-sharing, you invite your child to share space on your own mattress, making room for them to get comfy surrounded by the sheets, comforters, and pillows that you prefer. 

When co-sleeping, you sleep easily in arm’s reach of your child, while offering them a made-just-for-them sleeping space that offers the firm support that their growing body needs. 

co sleep with baby safely babybayA co-sleeping solution like the babybay bedside co sleeper gives your child a safe co sleeping bed that attaches securely to your own, allowing both you and your baby to rest easy in a sleeping space that fully supports your unique needs. 

While actual bed-sharing can lead to sleepless nights full of wondering and worry about whether your child will roll over and get trapped in too-soft bedding or feel unsupported by your too-soft mattress during the night, co sleeping offers big benefits while whisking those worries away

Which is why when it comes to the question When is it safe to co-sleep?, parents who have a co sleeper bed for their child attached to their own will feel confident that their child is getting safe and sound nights of co-sleeping rest from the first moment they’re brought home. 

When Is It Safe to Co-Sleep with a Bedside Co-Sleeper? 

The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the benefits of sharing a room with your baby during at least the first six months of their life, and ideally through the first year. 

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Not only does sharing a space make you more responsive to your baby’s needs (as well as a host of other benefits!), but it lets you function as a kind of “jump start” to support your baby’s healthy development.

As anthropologist James J. McKenna found, when parents and baby sleep close by, they naturally start to regulate their sleep state, oxygen levels, temperature, breathing patterns, heart rate, and brain waves to match. 

That means that by sleeping close to your baby during their first months of life, you positively  support their still-developing biological and physiological systems in big ways (which is key to helping them grow healthy and strong!). 

By co sleeping with baby from the first moment they come home, you’re able to put these “jump start” effects from the get-go, which is important considering how much of baby’s energy during the first months of their life is focused on learning the world.

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You can maximize those “jump-start” benefits while paving the way for worry-free nights of rest for both you and baby with the help of a bedside co sleeper.

Bedside sleepers like the babybay are specially engineered and built with care to offer your baby a co-sleeping bed that is a safe space for them to catch some Zs while remaining close by your side all night long. 

And while other sleeping practices—like bed-sharing—can leave you tossing and turning with worries and “what if” thoughts all night long, bedside cosleepers take all the guesswork and concerns away. 

With the babybay bedside co sleeper, you’ll be be close enough to support baby’s healthy development and care for their every need, while giving your baby the firm, supportive mattress and just-for-them space they need to sleep secure and sound. 

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Deciding When to Co-Sleep: The Big Takeaway

The answer to the question When is it safe to co sleep? depends on how you co-sleep.

Every family’s needs and priorities are different, and ultimately only you know where your child is in their development and what that means for your co sleeping journey

However, there’s one co-sleeping truth that’s not up for debate: once you’re ready to start co-sleeping, a bedside co sleeper crib specially engineered to support your baby’s needs takes all the guesswork and worry out of how to cosleep. 

So when you’re ready to start co-sleeping, babybay will be here to help you and baby spend every night sleeping sweet-dream sound.

How to Co Sleep with Infant and Wake Up Well-Rested

Whether you’re welcoming your first little one into the world or have plenty of practice co sleeping with newborns, getting a full night of rest is probably at the top of your priority list. 

While some co sleeping methods (like bed-sharing) are likely to leave you tossing and turning with worry for baby’s safety, a safe bedside cosleeper helps you sleep soundly—while baby catches plenty of Z’s of their own! 

Wondering how to co sleep with infant so you wake up feeling well-rested? 

Here are 4 ways that bedside co sleepers help you and baby get the quality sleep you crave

1. Bedside co sleepers make nighttime nursing easy-as-can-bebabybay bedside co sleeper

You can expect your baby to double their weight in the first five months of their life—and all that growing takes a lot of energy! 

Combine that need for a nutrient boost with a tiny tummy that can only take in a little milk at a time and you have the perfect formula for frequent feedings through the night. 

For parents who choose a detached crib or baby bassinet, those frequent feedings will mean  constantly pushing back the covers, getting out of bed, leaning down into a crib, and then trying to find a position that will let baby feed…without you feeling uncomfortable. 

And though your body and mind will both be ready to get some rest once baby is fed and you’re back in bed…getting comfy in your pillows and blankets again is going to take some time. 

With bedside co sleepers, baby is always within reach. 

That means you’ll be easily able to give baby what they need without taking long walks across the room (because trust usthose extra steps add up fast!) and without moving from the comfortable space of your bed to find a space to set up and breastfeed baby elsewhere. 

Which is good news! Because the less disrupted your sleep feels, the easier it will be to fall right back into dreamland. 

2. Bedside co sleepers help you quickly care for every concern (without sacrificing comfort!)

Hunger isn’t the only reason your baby might cry during the night. 

They might not love the temperature of the room, or could be trying to let you know that a soiled diaper is causing them discomfort. They might even just be calling out for a little extra love. 

Being within arm’s reach of your baby helps you quickly—and easily!—take stock of what baby needs. In fact, you won’t even need to leave the comfort of the covers when caring for baby’s cries. 

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3. Bedside co sleepers make it easier to care for multiples 

For families with twins or multiple newborns, the question isn’t how to co sleep with an infant and wake up well-rested. The question is how to co sleep with infants and get any rest at all. 

And while some parents quickly decide to give each baby a crib or baby bassinet of their own, this adds time and distance during every feeding or crisis call. 

But a bedside co sleeper for twins can support both babies in safe comfort—without you needing to get up or push off your covers to care for their needs. 

When your babies are in a bedside co sleeper for twins, their bodies and minds feel the impact. 

Experts believe that when twins sleep together, they’re reminded of the nurturing feeling of sharing a womb. This gives their healthy growth a boost—while helping synchronize their feeding and wake-up patterns during the night. 

That synchronization is key. Because the more in sync your babies become, the fewer times you’ll be called to care for them—leading to far more sleep for you! 

4. Bedside co sleepers set your mind at peace 

When baby isn’t close by, it’s easy to be filled with thoughts of what might be going wrong.  

But bedside co-sleepers make it easy to check that baby is sleeping safe and sound. 

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That means you’ll spend less time wondering and worrying about how baby is doing—and more time getting the sleep you need.

babybay bedside co sleepers are committed to making peace of mind a priority. 

That’s why every babybay bedside sleeper is made of locally-sourced and eco-friendly beechwood that is naturally antibacterial and antistatic. babybay bedside co sleepers are also free of the toxic wood glues, cheap fillers, plastics, or other harmful chemicals that fill most other cribs, baby bassinets, and bedside co sleepers

Because for most parents, figuring out how to co-sleep with infant and wake up well-rested can be a challenge. 

But babybay believes that better rest is possible—and is committed to delivering nights full of sweet, sound, and long rest to families like yours. 

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How to Co Sleep with Twins

Between frequent feedings, diaper changes, and nurturing baby through every fuss—getting a full night of sound rest can be a challenge for any family with a newborn. 

But for families with twins or multiple newborns, getting enough shuteye during the night to care for your babies and tackle all the to-dos of the day can feel like an impossible-to-achieve dream. 

If you’re wondering how to co-sleep with twins (or whether sleep is even possible with two little ones needing your attention and love all night long), we’ve got you covered! 

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Here’s the good news: it is possible to get a restful night of sleep, even if you’re caring for twins or multiple newborns at once. 

Co-sleeping makes it easier for families caring for multiple babies at once to quickly respond to any feeding call or fuss that comes up throughout the night. 

And while families who choose to keep twins in separate cribs or a more traditional shared twin crib will have to frequently get up and fully disrupt their own sleep to care for their babies all night long, bedside co sleepers make it easy to care for baby while caring for yourself. 

With the right bedside sleeper for twins securely attached to your bedside, you’ll be able to nurse and nurture both of your babies without needing to get up, make frequent trips across the room, or uncomfortably reach down into a more traditional crib or bassinet. 

Here’s the even better news: according to the University of Notre Dame’s Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, sleeping close to your babies offers necessary physiological regulation and support

That means sleeping close doesn’t just make things easier for you, but offers your babies the sensorial stimuli they need for healthy emotional development and better resilience in body and mind (among many other co-sleeping benefits!). 

What is Co-Bedding? 

Though co-bedding and bed sharing are sometimes used interchangeably, when it comes to twins or multiples, they mean something very different. 

co bedding babybaby bedside sleeperIn the context of twins, co-bedding refers to the practice of letting multiple babies of very similar ages share a sleeping space such as a bedside co sleeper, a twin crib, or a twin baby bassinet. 

Experts are increasingly celebrating co-bedding as a way to mimic the nurturing feeling that twins experience when they’re together in the womb, which provides them with comfort and settles their emotional and physical systems. 

In a clinical study carried out by Dr. Helen Ball (Director of the Durham Infancy & Sleep Center), babies who slept together through the night were able to enjoy greater sleep pattern synchronicity. 

That means that twins who sleep together are more likely to sleep at the same time—and wake up at the same time too!

Instead of waking up to care for one baby, going back to sleep, and then being called awake again to care for your other baby who needs attention, you’ll be able to meet both babies’ needs at once (and spend all that saved time getting some much-needed shuteye!).

Co Sleeping with Twins: What’s the Best Sleeping Position? 

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Though some parents wonder whether encouraging their babies to sleep in the same space will lead to restless sleeping patterns between the two or awkward positioning that can get in the way of their sound sleep, all the research suggests that twins sleep better (not more restlessly!) when they’re together. 

And when it comes to helping twins or multiples co sleep soundly, there’s no best practice when it comes to positioning. Though most twins sleep side-by-side for the first month, you should feel free to let your twins shift to head-to-head, feet-to-feet, or side-by-side diagonal without concern. 

No matter what twin co sleeping position you choose, research has proven that all twin co sleeping positions are equally safe, comfortable for your babies, and supportive of long and restful sleep. 

How to Co Sleep with Twins (The Easy Way!)

With babybay, co-sleeping with twins becomes even easier. 

Like all babybay bedside co-sleepers, the babybay Maxi Tall is designed to give your babies a made-just-for-them sleeping space to feel supported and nurtured all through the night. 

Unlike most bedside co-sleepers, your babybay is made with 100% eco-friendly, durable, and sustainably-sourced beechwood (and free of all the toxic chemicals, glues, and polishes that you’ll find in most cribs and bedside sleepers!). 

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With the babybay Maxi Tall securely attached to your bed, your baby will stay snug while you gently watch over them from just an arm’s reach away. The babybay Maxi Tall is also specially designed to provide your babies the extra wiggle room they need to sleep soundly together—without fighting for space or feeling cramped. 

And any time you decide that a twin crib or bassinet for twins will fit your family’s needs better, you can easily convert your babybay Maxi Tall into a standalone baby bassinet. (So that you have plenty of ways to support your babies’ growth and sound sleep!)

The babybay Maxi Tall takes all the guesswork out of how to co sleep with your twins. Twins or multiples will enjoy all the benefits of being close to each other through the night (like better sleep synchronicity), without feeling crowded or closed in. 

And you’ll enjoy plenty of nights of peaceful rest—knowing they’re feeling cared for by you while caring for each other.