How to Co Sleep with an Infant and Actually 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. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to take the guesswork out of how to co sleep with an infant in the perfect sleep set-up — one that will deliver you total peace of mind while delivering your little one a full night of Z’s.
Let’s start with the most basic: 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 co-sleeper helps you sleep soundly — while baby catches plenty of Z’s of their own!
Let’s break down all the reasons why bedside co-sleepers are the no-brainer way that parents support their own rest, while leaving their little one resting peacefully all night long. 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-be
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 us—those 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 while co-sleeping with infant (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. Which won’t just help you get more shut-eye during the night. It will also help your body’s regulate.
In fact, researchers have found that your baby’s body deeply senses your closeness. When you co-sleep with infant, your little one’s body temperature naturally (and healthily) raises slightly, while they also use energy more efficiently and breathe more regularly.
3. Bedside co-sleepers make it easier to co-sleep with twins and 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.
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.