There's a lot of negative news coverage about co-sleeping involving parents who sleep too sound, drink alcohol or do drugs, and who forget they have a baby! But if you don't fall in those categories it can be extremely beneficial for your child's attachment, security and confidence (as long as you follow some guidelines). Here are some do's and don'ts of co-sleeping.
What Not to Do When Co-Sleeping
- Co-sleep in a high bed
- Co-sleep with baby on the edge of the bed or near sharp objects or table edges
- Keep too many pillows in the bed or around baby's face and body
- Ever leave your infant or baby unattended in the bed, or in some sort of restraint while on the bed (or even in a crib!)
- Get intimate with your partner in the same bed (go somewhere else. Yes it's "natural," but isn't appropriate around littles. They'll act it out later.)
- Drink alcohol or do drugs then co-sleep
The Dos of Co-Sleeping
- Record yourself one night to be sure you don't roll in your sleep before you try bringing baby to bed.
- Wake yourself up every few hours to check on baby (if you aren't already woken up).
- Listen for your baby.
- Stay aware of your surroundings, and baby.
- Make a comfortable bed space to lay or sleep upright with baby all night.
- Give your little one some space.
- Keep your arm under or very close to baby so she doesn't fall or roll away.
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