Why Co Sleeping and Breastfeeding Go Together So Well

There are many reasons why parents may choose to breastfeed. Maybe they’ve heard about the many benefits of breastfeeding (like giving baby better protection against short and long-term illness)or read one of the academic studies that explores how breastfeeding supports both maternal and infant health

Perhaps they’ve even read the stats about how breastfeeding can save parents between $1,200-1,500 in their baby’s first year.

Regardless of why they make the decision, around three out of four mothers in the U.S. choose breastfeeding over buying formula. And many of those families take advantage of the co sleeping and breastfeeding connection to make nighttime nursing easier.

While breastfeeding may not be an option for every mother or family, co sleeping can positively support baby health while making it easier for parents to get a night of good rest.

The Convenience of Co Sleeping Cribs 

Newborn babies have a schedule all their own. It takes time for your baby to develop a healthy circadian rhythm (the internal clock that helps us stay awake when the sun is up and get rest when the sun goes down). After spending so long in the womb, your baby is not exactly accustomed to the changes of day and night, which makes it challenging for them to stay asleep for long stretches of time. 

Not only that, their tiny tummies can’t hold much food. Your baby will double their weight in the first 5 months of life, and that kind of quick growth requires plenty of nutrients. This is why your baby may call for food every few hours when they’re first born.

Together, the combo of a tiny tummy and an undeveloped circadian rhythm can lead breastfed babies to stay up all night–while their parents stay up with them. 

When breastfeeding mothers are getting sweet sleep with the help of a co sleeper or bedside crib, they don’t even need to get out of the comfort of their bed to care for their baby’s needs. While breastfeeding mothers who are not relying on a co sleeper may need to groggily get out of bed every two to four hours, co sleepers allow you to stay relaxed and comfortable while offering your baby the nurturing and nutrients they need.

And while getting out of bed and reaching over crib bars might not sound like too much of an inconvenience, having to make the trip multiple times throughout the night can easily leave nighttime feeding feeling like a chore. Co sleepers make it easier to care for your breastfed babies during the night, while waking up more comfortable and rested in the morning. 

Co Sleeping and Breastfeeding Lying Down 

Breastfeeding lying down can be a tricky position for new moms to learn, but it can also be one of the most comfortable ways to feed your baby at night. 

Lying down can make the breastfeeding experience more relaxing for you, and it can be a way to minimize sleep disruption when you need to feed your baby at night. 

Some experts even believe that this position helps babies nurse better because there’s less pressure on the baby’s neck and head. During the first months of life, it can also help a fussy baby get a good latch by calming them down and putting them in a better position. 

For many parents, breastfeeding a newborn at night means waking up, walking around, and finding ways to wake up their body enough that they’ll be able to support baby health without succumbing to exhaustion and lying back down. 

And while this can help the breastfeeding mother feel awake enough to breastfeed their baby comfortably, it can be hard to lie back down and get back to sweet sleep after spending so much energy becoming alert. 

When using a co sleeping baby bed to remain comfortable while breastfeeding lying down, you’re able to remain in a restful state while feeding your little one, which makes it easier to get back to sleep once the time comes. This helps parents get more sleep during the night by making it easier to transition between being awake and falling back asleep. 

A Big Co Sleeping Benefit: Better Nights of Rest 

Though there are many co sleeping benefits to enjoy (including a boosted immune system and better bonding between you and baby), the more restful nights of sleep that both you and your baby enjoy are a big plus.

When you sleep no more than an arm’s reach from your baby, you’re able to respond to every one of their nighttime needs—including their hunger calls—easily, and without needing to fully get out of bed to do it. 

That means you and your baby get to take advantage of all the benefits of breastfeeding, without struggling to get sweet sleep while nighttime feeding. 

That’s one of the main reasons why co sleeping and breastfeeding go together so well. You’re able to give your baby everything they need during the night, while also giving your body the rest and relaxation you need as a parent. 

Interested in learning more about co sleeping or starting out on your own safe co sleeping journey? Learn more about what co sleeping is and how to know if it’s right for you, or take a peek at our guide to safe and restful co sleeping for you and your newborn baby.

The babybay Bedside Sleeper Helps you Get More Sleep

Thank you to The MonarchMommy for your review of the babybay bedside sleeper! In her review, The MonarchMommy talks about the uniqueness and customizability of the babybay bedside sleeper as well as highlights many of the great qualities of the babybay. 

Here are some of the Top Reasons MonarchMommy likes babybay: 

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  • Safety – made of solid beechwood, manufactured in Germany and is made to the highest European standards.
  • Non-toxic finish – no or low VOC natural antibacterial and antistatic protection
  • Durability – “There’s no plywood or plastic here, just strong sturdy beechwood, so you can feel confident that it’s not a flimsy piece of furniture that won’t stand the test of time. The babybay® will absolutely last through more than one child!”
  • Versatility – can transform into bassinet, crib or even a bench – “A crib that doubles as a bassinet, co-sleeper, and a bench once baby’s outgrown it? Yes please!” – The MonarchMommy
  • Safety certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association (JPMA), ASTM international child safety standards, and TUV/GS (German Safety Approval)

 

“Once you’ve got the babybay® set up against the bed, you’ve created a perfect little sleep nest for you and your baby. It’s like bed-sharing and co-sleeping without losing even an inch of your own sleep space. Baby is within arm’s reach for those late night feedings, and best of all, baby is close AND safe in the babybay®.” – The MonarchMommy

 

Below is an excerpt of the review:

Enter the babybay! I only wish I’d known about this great baby sleep solution before my little ones were born. It’s something that gives you options and a customizability that I haven’t seen in baby sleep setups before. Want to know what it’s all about? Here you go! 

What exactly is a babybay®? The babybay® is more than just a co-sleeper, it’s a bedside sleeper that actually attaches securely to any regular bed (with or without a boxspring). It is made out of locally-sourced beechwood, so it’s sustainable AND offers natural antibacterial and antistatic protection. The babybay® is manufactured in Germany and is made to the highest European standards. There are four finishes to choose from, and each is done with a high-quality water-based finish that is non-toxic and no or low VOC. That definitely promotes a safe sleeping environment for your precious little bundle. The height of the platform of the babybay® is fully adjustable, so it will fit most bed heights with ease.babybay playpen crib monarchmommy

Once you’ve got the babybay® set up against the bed, you’ve created a perfect little sleep nest for you and your baby. It’s like bed-sharing and co-sleeping without losing even an inch of your own sleep space. Baby is within arm’s reach for those late-night feedings, and best of all, baby is close AND safe in the babybay®. The babybay® is nice and sturdy too. There’s no plywood or plastic here, just strong sturdy beechwood, so you can feel confident that it’s not a flimsy piece of furniture that won’t stand the test of time. The babybay® will absolutely last through more than one child!

To read the full review visit: https://themonarchmommy.com/2016/04/21/babybay-bedside-sleeper/

Infant Sleeping Guidelines

It brings a sigh of relief to Mom and Dad when this peaceful moment occurs. Naturally, all parents want to have their infant fall into a deep sound sleep, because a baby that gets the required sleep is less likely to be a pool of crying eyes afterwards.

Creating the right sleep environment for infants and using recommended sleep guidelines from health professionals can make all the difference to both the parents and the infant’s well being. When parents follow proper sleep guidelines for infants, it can lessen the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

To help young parents, we’ve collected these helpful tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to check to see if you’re helping your infant’s sleeping practices. We hope so!

Sleeping guidelines for infants

  • Babies under 12 months old should be carefully placed on their back to sleep for naps. The AAP notes that your baby can be left in a side or front position, if your baby is already able to roll from the back-lying position to the side or stomach.
  • The AAP strongly discourages bed-sharing habits for infants under a year old with parents. But we definitely recommend letting your baby sleep in the same room, and alongside your bed in a baby bed.
  • Try not to let your babies sleep with any kind of soft pillows, plush toy animals, comforters, blankets or extra bedding parts until at least a year and a half old. Just a baby in a onesie often works best.
  • Keep the baby’s crib or bassinet within reaching distance of the parent bed. This helps to comfort the baby or breastfeed without having to stand up and walk over to a crib.

These are just a few of the highlighted guidelines recommended by the AAP for the safety of your child. It’s important that your baby sleeps on the back for a more restful sleep. And that’s why we think that our babybay is the right baby bed sleeper to have the whole family sleep better!