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.

How to Transition Baby from Co Sleeping to Crib

All co-sleeping families are familiar with the feeling—as much as you’ve enjoyed the many benefits co sleeping has to offer, it just feels like the right time to encourage baby to move away from your side and into a space of their own. 

And though you’re fully confident that the time to transition has come, you’re wondering how to transition baby from co-sleeping to crib in the easiest and most stress-free way possible. 

With the help of a few tips, tricks, and best practices, you can ease the transition for baby while making the experience worry-free for you. 

babybay bedside cosleeper Consistency is Key

On the list of best practices for how to transition baby from co-sleeping to crib, being consistent takes the top spot. 

It can be difficult (okay, not just difficult—impossible!) to think logically when you’re woken up at 2 am from a deep dream state. 

But once you’ve put a plan for transition in place, it’s important to follow it. Keeping consistent will help baby feel more comfortable with the changes and make it easier for you to get back to the long nights of restful sleep you crave. 

Of course, there might be nights when your half-asleep brain doesn’t quite stop your parenting instincts in time and your transition plan goes out the window. 

Don’t worry about one or two-speed bumps along the way—just get back on track with your transition plan the next night. 

Keep baby close 

Just because you’ve decided to move baby into a crib of their own doesn’t mean you have to move them far away.

Choosing to gradually transition from co-sleeping to crib can ease some of the stress for both you and baby. 

On the first night you transition from co-sleeping to crib, keep baby close by pushing the crib firmly against your bed. That way, your baby will be able to take comfort in the familiar feeling of sleeping by your side. 

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As the nights go on, slowly start moving your baby’s crib farther away from your own sleeping space until baby is fully comfortable and confident sleeping away from your side. 

For families who have been enjoying the many benefits of a bedside co sleeper throughout their co sleeping journey, this gradual transition can be made even easier. 

Use a conversion kit to transform your bedside co sleeper into a baby bassinet. Then make a plan to start moving your baby’s bassinet away from your bedside slowly during the nights ahead. 

Because baby is already familiar with the sensations of sleeping in their made-just-for-them baby bedside co sleeper, they’ll feel more confident and comfortable as they adjust to the changes in their sleep routine. 

Instead of feeling the impact of many surprise changes at once (New mattress! New crib! More distance away from you!), they’ll be happy to catch some Z’s in the familiar sleeping space they already love. 

Sleep with their stuff (so that they feel like they’re sleeping beside you!)babybay co sleeper bedside crib

Your baby has slept right beside you for many nights, which means they’ve gotten used to being calmed by the familiar feeling of sensing you nearby. 

(Fun fact: because newborns are still learning how to find meaning in all the things they see and hear on the daily, they develop a strong awareness of smell.)

Putting a little extra care into making sure that baby still feels the sensation of having you close—even when you’re across the room—can go a long way in making sure nights remain stress-free and rest-filled for all. 

Sleep with your baby’s bed sheets for a few nights before you start the transition from co-sleeping to crib, so that when the time comes to set them up for sleep, they are surrounded by comfortable items that smell like you. 

babybay bedside crib bassinet

Of course, you’ll want to choose the item you give to baby wisley. Sleeping with bulky blankets or plush toys can be a safety concern for newborns. 

But by sleeping with baby’s sheets and fitting them snugly on your baby’s mattress before they tuck in for the night, you’ll be able to help soothe your baby and keep any separation anxiety away–without a single safety concern. 

Pick the right time. 

Only you know what’s best for you and your family—which means only you know when will be the right time to transition baby from co sleeping to crib. 

For many families, the decision to stop co sleeping will come when baby becomes too active during the night, or you decide that it would be better for you to get back to having some space of your own. 

But even if your decision to transition away from co sleeping is accompanied by some need to make the switch now! feelings, set the stage for an easy transition by making sure that it’s a good time to start a new routine. bassinet portable wheels babybay

Avoid making big changes when family is in town, a big project is forcing you to work long hours, or other big life events are taking over your time and emotional energy.

Making sure that both you and baby are feeling settled, calm, and ready to rock and roll toward a new routine will help keep things feeling stress-free. 

Give yourself a break! 

Though many parents wondering how to transition from co-sleeping to crib feel pressure to get the process “perfect,” remember that only you know what works best for your family. 

Give yourself a break if there’s a day when your perfectly-made plans go out the window and know that your baby will get comfortable and content with the transition from co sleeping to crib soon.

Growing with babybay

Safe and Secure Bedside Cosleeping

The initial purpose of the babybay is to be used as a bedside cosleeper. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends room-sharing for the first 6 months with a separate sleep space for the baby. Our unique design makes babybay the perfect bedside option for parents looking to safely keep their little one in the same room.  That’s where babybay comes in! The locking straps keep the babybay securely attached to the bedside. This sleeping arrangement can be especially helpful for a quick response to nighttime wakings and breastfeeding without the risks of keeping your baby in your bed. You can read more about the AAP safe sleep recommendations here.

Easy Access and Convenient Bassinnet

Even if you don’t need a bedside option, the bassinet conversion kit allows the babybay to be used in any room of the house. Adding the rolling casters allows the babybay bassinet to roll from room to room as needed. The space-saving design easily fits through doorways and easily finds a useful place in any room as needed. This can be especially handy for parents working at home or in smaller homes with multi-use spaces. The open design allows the babybay to be used as a changing space as well. Having multi-use items is important to keep your space simple and organized.

Growing Up

We have exciting news coming soon about another transition that will allow the babybay line to transform into a full-size crib. While we can’t give a specific date yet, this option will be available in the US in the near future!

Toddler Time

As your little one becomes more independent the babybay easily transitions into a comfortable space for young children. 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. This could be a special corner in the nursery or as a small space in the living room where they can be comfortable and play independently.

Easy Entry Way

Making a small space for your children with their items organized within their reach can be a great way to promote independence. Hanging hooks for jackets, gloves, and shoes tucked underneath makes for a cute a functional entryway addition. This especially true if you’re working on a Montessori-ish style approach! Dr. Maria Montessori coined the term “prepared environment” to describe orderly, child-friendly spaces that encourage confidence and independence. Preparing a space for your child with the babybay as a bench makes for an inviting and useful space to allow them easily locate their items and to practice their decision-making for leaving the house in an easy and less stressful way.

Imaginative Play Space

Adjusting your babybay to a height of 14-18 inches can make an ideal play platform for imaginative play scenes. A draped play silk makes for a blue sky background for a nature scene, a grey mountain background for a scene of animals, or even roleplaying through one of their favorite stories. This can be an engaging space for your toddler to get acquainted with shapes, colors, textures at an easy-to-access height ready to catch your child’s attention at curiosity at eye-level.

Desk Space

This useful adaptation has become very important during COVID-19 and a large number of children being required to attend classes through distance learning. One of the best ways to support our children through this challenging situation is to provide them with their own dedicated space to engage with their learning. While the learning space could be as simple as the kitchen table, setting up the babybay as a dedicated desk for a child makes for a simple solution and gives a child a distraction-free area. Many desks and tables are made for adult proportions so the ability to adjust the height of your babybay to a comfortable and ergonomic level for your child can decrease strain on their arms, wrists, or posture from sitting at improper heights or working at the wrong surface level. Hanging artwork or other study materials on the sides makes for an organized and personalized space.

Years of Use

The babybay is absolutely more than just a bedside cosleeper! We’re always seeing new and innovative ways parents are using our products in their households throughout the years. You can see more of these extended uses on our social media pages or send us a message for some tips and ideas 🙂

Written by contributing writer Amber Mauriello