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 your little one resting peacefully all night long.
Here are 4 ways that bedside co-sleepers help you and baby get the quality sleep with an infant 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. 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 what do you have?
Answer: 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 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 own bed to find a space to 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 an infant
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 have 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 a healthy way.
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.
When was the last time you actually felt rested?
We totally get it. Those late-night feedings are exhausting, especially during the initial weeks after giving birth.
Imagine how rested you’d feel if you didn’t have to get out of bed every 2-3 hours to feed or soothe your newborn.
No more tip-toeing your way back to the crib, praying not to wake your baby.
No more frustration when, you finally find a comfortable position, only to be woken up moments later.
…sounds too good to be true, right? Not anymore.
Parents all over the world have started getting the sleep they desperately need by switching over to babybay’s Baby Bedside Sleeper.
Uniquely engineered to lock into beds of all sizes and heights, this co-sleeper is changing the game.
Now, you can enjoy all the benefits of co-sleeping, and the closeness of bedsharing, without compromising safety.
CO-SLEEPING ENCOURAGES DEVELOPMENT
James J. Mckenna, Director emeritus of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, found that,
“Parents serve as a kind of biological “jumper cable,” or outsourced regulator, to a newborn baby when she is completing her gestation outside her mother’s body. When parents and babies sleep together, their heart rates, brain waves, sleep states, oxygen levels, temperature, and breathing influence one another.”
In basic lingo, this means, your baby’s development relies on being close to you. Even outside of the womb, our bodies sync together for prime developmental functioning. The separation that comes from a stand-alone crib can get in the way of this.
Does this mean you have to stay joined at the hip? No. But, it shows that simply sleeping nearby makes it possible for them to grow big and strong. Amazing, right?
THE CLOSER YOU ARE THE LESS ANXIETY FOR EVERYONE
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 allow you to sleep for longer periods of time.
Added Bonus: You get to wake up next to a smiley baby!
YOU CAN BETTER RESPOND TO A CRISIS WHILE CO-SLEEPING
Parenting guru Dr. Sears found during his studies that:
“Babies who sleep 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 their parents have more stable temperatures, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone. This means the baby sleeps physiologically safer.”
When it comes to defending against dangers to your baby, there is no substitute for your care. Co-sleeping makes it possible to familiarize with all the sounds your baby makes.
As part of your natural-momma-bear instinct, (part of the physiological syncing mentioned above,) your body stays alert even while sleeping. If something is off, you can count on your body to sense it — and, in the event of an emergency, this can make all the difference for the safety of your baby.
The babybay Baby Bedside Sleeper is a leader in safety for co-sleeping with newborns. All of our sleepers undergo rigorous safety inspections, and must receive domestic and international safety certifications before ever going out to you.
If you’re ready to start getting a better night’s sleep, with less stress, and more opportunity to connect with your baby then, it’s time you meet our bedside cribs. 90% of the world’s families are already co-sleeping their way to better nights. Isn’t it time you expected more for your family?
For new parents, being close to their baby at all times is a priority. That includes being close to the baby during sleeping hours. The notion of co-sleeping refers to sleeping with your baby close to you, often with a reach of your arm. Co-sleeping generally means the baby is near, but in a different bed.
As you can see in this short clip, this dad is able to adjust his newborn in a babybay® bedside sleeper, which is attached right to the parents’ bed.
For several years now, more parents have been adopting this practice of co-sleeping, with the infants sleeping nearby in a co-sleeping cradle. This aligns with the guidelines set out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which advises parents not to sleep with a new baby IN a parent bed, for obvious reasons. Let’s look at some of the benefits of co-sleeping arrangements.
Benefits of Co-Sleeping
Ideally, as a baby sleeps in a bedside sleeper next to the parents’ bed, the baby receives feelings of comfort, security and reassurance. Having the baby near to the parents’ bed gives the parents the ability to calm the baby without having to stand up and walk over to an unattached crib across the room or in another room.
Also, as both baby and parents sleep more soundly, this shared sleep provides benefits to both. The parent is at arm’s length in order to calm the baby if it awakes, and slowly massage the baby back to sleep. The baby gains a more balanced development in the early months of life, without sleep anxieties or other issues arising.
Find the Right Co-Sleeping Bed
At babybay, we take co-sleeping very seriously. Our babybay co-sleeping bed is one of the leading co-sleeping beds made for infants, and it’s largely because of the high attention of quality materials we put into the bed.
We make our babybay beds with untreated solid beech wood. This means the wood is untreated, made from sustainably managed forests, and is pollutant-free. Our babybay bed features 10 different adjustable height positions, giving parents the flexibility to adjust to the parent bed size. If you want to move the babybay around your living space, you can also pick up an optional side safety gate and castor wheels set for extra mobility.
If you’re a new parent, you owe it to yourself to check out a new babybay baby bedside sleeper bed. Our beds are solid and durable, and the quality wood design enhances the bedroom’s aesthetics. The co-sleeper can also be turned into a bassinet bed or play crib as your baby grows. Simply order our Bassinet Conversion Kit to convert your babybay from a bedside sleeper to a standalone bassinet.
Plastic netting, cheap fillers, screws made of plastic that seem like they can barely hold your baby crib up: so many baby products on the market these days (not to mention bassinets, co-sleepers, and cribs!) are built to be short-lived and quickly outgrown. But from the first day that the babybay bedside sleeper was born as an idea, we’ve strived to do things differently. Whether it’s the 100% solid beechwood construction, first-class safety certifications, or sustainability pledge that keeps parents in love with their bedside sleeper for a long time, this is what the babybay reviews have to say about what makes them choose babybay time after time (and kid after kid!).
Babybay Bedside Sleeper Safety: All the Details on the Top-Earned Safety Certifications
“BRIDGES THE GAP BETWEEN CO-SLEEPING AND CRIB SLEEPING
I have heard so many wonderful things about the BabyBay bedside sleeper from friends and peers, so I am really excited to try it out myself. I love that it’s made from natural materials (hooray for no plastics), and that it bridges the gap beautifully between co-sleeping and crib sleeping.”
– Alivia, ✩✩✩✩✩
When it comes to ensuring that your baby is sleeping safe and snug all through the first six months of their life, room sharing is the sleep approach recommended time and time again by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
If that lingo is new to you, room sharing describes the practice of sleeping extra-close to your baby by sharing a room — but not a sleep surface — with your little one.
Bedside co sleepers like the babybay give your little one a made-just-for-them space to get peaceful rest all night long, with safe locking straps that keep their crib securely attached to your bedside. This sleeping arrangement can be especially helpful for a quick response to nighttime wakings and breastfeeding without the risks that come from keeping your baby in your own bed and sleep space (which is why bedside sleepers get such a gold star when it comes to sticking in line with the AAP’s recommendations for safe sleep).
When it comes to babybay bedside sleeper safety, parents aren’t the only ones raving. The babybay bedside co sleeper has been certified safe by some of the top certification standards, including ASTM International, TÜV Rheinland, and Confidence in Textiles (where it was awarded an Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class 1 for babies certification — meaning it’s free of harmful regulated and unregulated toxic substances and materials).
Easy Access and Full Convenience with the Babybay Crib Conversion
“I looked everywhere for a co-sleeper that was functional, made with natural materials and wasn’t plasticy looking. I loved that i found this! It’s beautiful, works well and seamless to put together. Works everywhere next to our bed.”
– KP, ✩✩✩✩✩
Even if you don’t need a bedside option, the bassinet conversion kit makes it easy for the babybay to be used in any room of the house. Adding the rolling casters adds even more convenience to your babybay crib conversion opportunities by allowing your bassinet to roll from room to room as needed.
The space-saving design of babybay also allows you to easily push it through doorways and find a useful place to put it to good, rest-giving use in any room of your house or apartment. This can be especially handy for parents working at home or in smaller homes with multi-use spaces — and that kind of adaptability isn’t a happy accident, but a convenience-making choice or expert engineers made as they set construction of the first babybay in motion.
Toddler Time: How Your Babybay Original Grows as They Do
We just ordered the BabyBay Bassinet for our second baby. It was very easy to put together and is very well made. We wish we had this for our first born. I recommend this bassinet over all the plastic flimsy ones on the market. I plan to reuse this as a bench or desk in the kids room once they grow out of it. I am so happy I came across their product!”
– Tiffany, ✩✩✩✩✩
As your little one becomes more independent, the babybay easily transitions into a comfortable space for young children. That means it’s not just built to be with your family during the early days of your little one’s life, but will stick with you for the long-haul as they grow.
Adjusting the sleep space to a low-level makes a lovely bench space for a toddler. Baskets of toys or books easily slide under the platform to make a self-contained area. The comfortable mattress and a few pillows or stuffed animals make for a comfortable snuggle space for looking at picture books or playing with toys.
That means you have everything you need to make a special corner in the nursery or as a small space in the living room where your child can be comfortable and play independently once they grow out of sleeping in their babybay Original, babybay Maxi, or babybay Maxi Tall (which makes this bedside co-sleeper a perfect win-win in the short and long term!).