How to Co Sleep With Your Newborn Baby

Experts agree: sleeping close to your baby during the first year of their life helps keep your newborn safe and comforted as they attune themselves to the many sensorial and physical curiosities they’ll encounter as they grow. 

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But baby isn’t the only one adjusting to new experiences during this exciting time. 

Whether you’re welcoming your first baby or are the proud parent to several growing children at home, every day you’re learning more about your little one and discovering the ins and outs of how to co sleep with newborn baby (or babies!) sharing your space.

Co Sleeping Positions (The Safe and the Not-So-Safe)

There are many ways to cosleep, each as unique as the family that practices them. 

However, not all co sleeping techniques put the same emphasis on safety. 

Though bed sharing and co-sleeping are often seen as interchangeable, big safety differences separate them. 

While well-designed bedside co-sleepers make it easy for you to get a full night of stress-free rest by giving baby a firm, built-for-them space to sleep, your made-for-adults mattress and bedding don’t provide the same support. 

When bed sharing with a newborn, all it takes is one wrong wiggle for baby to end up tangled in too-soft bedding or covered by pillows or blankets that they can’t quite crawl out from yet. 

Luckily, baby co-sleepers like the babybay fit flush against your own bed (keeping you right beside your baby all through the night!) and give your newborn baby a secure space to sleep comfortably. 

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Bedside co-sleepers will give you with all the benefits that co-sleeping has to offer—like better bonding between you and baby, supported development for baby’s body and mind, and a better rest for all—without a single safety concern. 

That’s what we like to call a perfect co-sleep scenario. 

Keep Your Newborn Baby Comfortable While Co-Sleeping 

Not all co-sleepers are created equal. 

Think of it like this: when adults walk into a mattress store, they have a list of preferences that could be a mile long. 

Not too soft, not too firm, built for back pain, hypoallergenic, all foam, no latex, pillow-top… 

It often takes a few hours in the store and a few dozen tested-out mattresses to find the meant-to-be one that works for you. 

Just because your newborn hasn’t quite mastered the syllables they need to clue you into what they find comfiest doesn’t mean they don’t have an opinion. 

That’s why it’s important to find a bedside cosleeper specifically designed and customized with your baby in mind. 

The babybay co-sleeper is designed in a half-moon shape to mimic the protective feeling of being cradled in a hug and constructed from all-natural materials that are friendly both to the earth and to baby’s body. 

(Yep, most cosleepers and cribs are made with toxic chemicals, glues, and finishes that can put baby’s healthy development at risk.)

babybay cosleepers are also easily customizable with three size options and accessories like hypoallergenic mattresses, mattress covers, canopies, and 100% cotton jersey sheets that take all of the guesswork out of maximizing baby’s coziness and comfort. 

Keep Yourself Comfortable While Co-Sleeping 

We’re parents too, so we get it—as soon as baby comes, their comfort becomes priority #1. 

But it can be difficult to keep baby comfortable if you’re not feeling well or well-rested yourself. 

That’s why making time for some self-care during the early months of baby’s life is an important part of learning how to cosleep with your newborn. 

Being well-rested allows you to put more attention and energy into making sure that baby has everything they need to sleep through the night soundly. 

It’s also easier to enjoy and appreciate all the special moments you share with baby—like those oh-so-sweet moments when you’re lying next to baby’s bedside cosleeper and watching them fall slowly into dreamland—when you aren’t desperately devoting all your energy to simply keeping your eyes open. 

Thankfully, baby co sleeper crib like the babybay can help you get better, longer, and more restful sleep than traditional cribs or other (and less safe) cosleeping methods.  babybay cosleeper bedside sleeper

With baby so close by, nighttime nursing becomes a breeze (rather than a must-do that sucks up many valuable minutes of sleep time). 

By sleeping so close to baby, you’ll also be able to be more aware of (and responsive toward!) any concerns that baby has through the night. 

That means less time spent in high-energy adrenaline mode trying to discover how to help, and more time spent identifying and caring for baby’s needs the fast and peaceful way. 

Because here’s the truth: your baby is growing bigger every day 

Sooner than you would believe, they’ll be ready to move out of their bedside co-sleeper into a crib or room all their own. 

Well, we thought of that too! Your babybay bedside sleeper has a conversion kit that transforms your co-sleeper into a standalone bassinet. 

Instead of spending these early moments in baby’s life worrying about how to cosleep with your newborn baby, let the babybay co sleeper help set your mind at ease so you can spend less time stressing and more time appreciating every moment—waking and sleeping!—with your newborn.

5 Resources for New Moms in Need of a Better Night’s Sleep (It Starts by Using a Bedside Co-sleeper!)

Is adapting to life with your newborn leaving you exhausted?

Does it feel impossible to catch up on sleep?

We totally get it. You’re not alone. Take a deep breath. We’re here to help.

If you recently had a baby, a full night’s sleep can feel like a distant memory. Adapting to your new normal while trying to heal from labor, is no small feat. The longer you go without rest, the worse your body feels — occasionally causing serious side effects. Studies have shown that long-term sleep deprivation can result in anxiety, irritability, reduced cognitive functioning, and can contribute to postpartum depression.

If you’ve been struggling to rest, or are looking to optimize your sleeping environment, continue reading below. Our tips include data on the benefits of bedside co-sleeping, as well as minor changes to your sleep hygiene that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time.

  • FOLLOW YOUR BABY’S LEAD

When your baby sleeps, that’s your cue to sleep, too. Simple enough, right? Some parents spend the first year fighting against their baby’s natural rhythm and needs, You can try to get your baby on your clock, but this will only add to your exhaustion. That time will come, but don’t expect it right away.

Instead, try taking the opposite approach and create a sleeping environment similar to the womb. Science tells us to expect newborns to sleep 16-18 a day, in 2-3 hour increments (bedside co-sleeping can increase that time.)  You can work with that, right? Start viewing those hours as windows of opportunity to rest and relax. Don’t forget to be patient with yourself. This is going to be an adjustment, but you’ll get there. (You just made a human! After that, there’s nothing you can’t handle.) 

  •  SHARE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH YOUR PARTNER

Listen to your body. No matter how independent you are, talk to your partner about how they can help. Working together to rotate responsibilities will make it possible for you to sleep, heal, and be at your best. The American Academy of Family Physicians echoes the importance of letting others help during your postpartum recovery:

“During the first six weeks, pay attention to your body…resist the temptation to do more. Overdoing things at this point can set you back in your recovery. Concentrate on nourishing your body with good foods, drinking plenty of water (especially if you are breastfeeding), and getting enough rest.”

Your baby, body, and relationship will all benefit from practicing good communication. After all, teamwork makes the dream work.

  • PRACTICE PROPER SLEEP HYGIENE

The concept of proper sleep hygiene is all about setting up your sleep environment and making choices during the day to not interfere with your body’s ability to sleep.

For example: not drinking caffeine after 2pm, fighting late-night cravings, and removing technology from the bedroom. With a newborn added to the equation, and feedings waking you up every few hours, the mixed messages to your body make it hard to go back to sleep on command.  Additional tips for those struggling to get back to sleep, include: 

      • Doing 5-10 minutes of yoga or peaceful meditation
      • Make a cup of herbal tea (they are naturally decaffeinated.)
      • Close the blinds, or try blackout window treatments
  • POSTPARTUM DOULAS & AFTER BIRTH CARE SPECIALISTS

For those unfamiliar, Postpartum Doulas and After Birth Care Specialists, are specially trained to help moms in the first weeks, or months after giving birth. They work with you, in your home, to help you feel comfortable adapting to all things motherhood. (They’re also covered by state health care and independent insurance coverages.)

For those struggling with getting baby to latch on, or, worried you’ve swaddled your baby too tightly — Maybe,  you’re experiencing anxiety about how your body is healing —  Or, you don’t know why your baby won’t stop crying — With compassion, understanding, and a helpful attitude, they will help you with all of it.

Although this uncharted territory can be frightening, don’t forget about the resources available to help you. If you’ve got a question, ask it. If you’re unsure of something, or something feels off, trust your gut and find help. There’s nothing like peace of mind when it comes to a good night’s sleep.

  • BEDSIDE CO-SLEEPERS

Switching to using a bedside co-sleeper can make all the difference in terms of a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown the benefits of co-sleeping, (when done safely,) can be extensive — including: physiological syncing between mom and baby (breathing, heartbeat, etc,) increased time in REM sleep, and in longer intervals.

Try taking the more natural approach, by keeping moms and babies close throughout the night. It will change the game, and the science is there to prove it, says Dr. James McKenna:

“Staying close to the adult’s body helps the baby remain at a more stable body temperature. Physical contact, in close cosleeping, helps babies to “breathe more regularly, use energy more efficiently, grow faster, and experience less stress”

Simply speaking, when you create a sleep environment that allows for physical connection, similar to the womb, the transition won’t be nearly as jarring for your baby (and moms.) The problems start when we fight against nature, and expect babies to not be upset when they don’t know where mom is.  They’re not able to self-soothe, yet. So why would we expect them to do so, just because it meets our needs? Now that co-sleeping can be done safely again, there’s no reason not to. It’s best for both of you.

Interested in finding a bedside co-sleeper that works for you?

Consider the leading, attachable, bedside co-sleeper by babybay. Not only are we the only eco-friendly sleeper on the market, but we are also committed to sustainable manufacturing. Each of our sleepers are made with the highest quality, European beechwood, and, for every tree used, we plant another. You’ll never see plastics, cardboard, or any toxic paints on our sleepers. Plus, we hold 2 of the highest safety certifications from Europe and the United States.

Our customers love our bedside sleepers because they’re created by parents, for parents  — showing a true understanding of your everyday struggles and needs. 

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