Baby starts to cry from the next room.
Time to get up.
Ugh, not again.
What if nights with your newborn didn’t mean broken sleep?
What if you could soothe and nurse your newborn while half-asleep?
If this sounds like a dream, it isn’t.
90% of the world’s mothers co-sleep their way to better nights and stronger bonds with their babies.
Why aren’t you?
Co-sleeping got a weird rep in the United States when individualism became the golden standard. “Kids should have their own beds, so they can learn to be self-sufficient,” was the mentality.
But when you leave Baby alone in the dark in a separate room, not only are you making your baby anxious (which results in more sleep disruptions) you’re taking away a lot of natural cues that help your baby grow and develop into an awesome human being.
Contributing to the lack of co-sleeping in the States are some health concerns with bed sharing, like an increase in the likelihood of SIDS and an array of more minor dangers.
But bed sharing is not the only way to co-sleep.
Introducing the babybay: the bedside sleeper that attaches to your bed. So your baby is well protected and you get all the benefits of co-sleeping.
Because the truth is, your baby benefits hugely by sleeping near you. And you do too.
4 Reasons Why You Need to Co-sleep with Your Newborn
You’ll all get more sleep (and better quality sleep)
Imagine not having to get out of bed to breastfeed. Laying propped up on the pillows, half asleep, as you nurse and soothe your baby back to sleep.
You don’t have to ruin your sleep by walking to another room, roused out of bed yet again.
Your partner’s sleep isn’t disturbed.
No more arguing who’s turn it is.
No more straining your arm to lift Baby out of the crib.
With the babybay co-sleeper, simply roll over and scoop Baby up to rest in your arms.
Indeed, this is a huge benefit. I can stay half-asleep and still take care of my baby’s nightly needs?
Yes. And there’s more….
Breastfeeding at night helps maintain your milk supply. For natural mothers, this is a great way to keep nightly feedings without adding the headache of being out of bed to nurse.
Co-sleeping limits nighttime separation anxiety.
Who wasn’t afraid of monsters under the bed?
While Baby might not be thinking there are hairy creatures lurking in the dark corners of the nursery, it’s true that babies experience separation anxiety when away from their parents.
Sleep time usually lasts 6-8 hours. That’s a long time for your baby to be away from you - even hearing the beating of your heart and the in and out of your breath can be incredibly soothing to your baby. Depriving them of this for 6-8 hours at night means babies cry more often, needing your closeness to soothe their anxiety.
Babies who co-sleep generally cry less, wake less often, and stay away for shorter periods of time.
And as an extra bonus, you get to wake up next to a smiling baby!
You Can Better Respond to a Crisis While Co-Sleeping
Newborns are delicate beings. Human babies have the longest development periods of any animal. This means they’re completely dependent on their caregivers for the first year of life.
Did you know that a mother’s breathing may cue her infant to take a breath after exhaling?
In the early months of infancy, it’s normal for Baby to experience gaps in her breathing, but with mom nearby to help cue her baby, the likelihood of SIDS is reduced. And in case something interferes with baby’s breathing, if you’re co-sleeping you’re close by and can help by waking Baby.
Sleep researcher James McKenna says, “co-sleeping gives the parent the best opportunity to hear the baby in crisis and to respond.”
And parenting guru Dr. Sears says, “Babies who sleep with close to their mothers enjoy ‘protective arousal,’ a state of sleep that enables them to more easily awaken if their health is in danger, such as breathing difficulties... Infants who sleep near to parents have more stable temperatures, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone. This means baby sleeps physiologically safer.”
Mom’s and babies synch up sleep rhythms, which means if Baby starts to struggle, mom will become aroused. Because you’re the best (and only) defense against dangers to your baby, co-sleeping makes sleep much safer than relying on a monitor to alert you to a life-threatening issue.
Still not convinced?
Co-Sleeping Helps Develop a Deeper Emotional Bond
The scenario that kicked off this blog post (the one where Baby wakes multiple times in the night) is one that many parents (too many!) experience.
When Baby wakes during the night again and again it puts a strain on your sleep. It can also negatively affect your family’s sleep to hear Baby cry time after time.
Co-sleeping to the rescue!
Newborn co-sleepers save your baby prevent your baby from crying and suffering needlessly. At the start of a cry, you can be there to immediately soothe or nurse, so no one in the family develops a resentment toward Baby for waking them up.
Co-sleeping lets you spend more time with your baby. This is great for busy moms or parents who work and are away from their baby for long stretches of time.
Infant co-sleepers let your baby have much-needed love and support. If you leave them alone in a separate nursery, your baby can be beset by feelings of fear, anger, and anxiety at being abandoned each night to sleep alone. Co-sleeping promotes feelings of safety, and allows them to grow into adults who are better able to cope with life’s stresses.
Ready to save your sleep?
Want to co-sleep responsibly?