Bedtime - Lifestyle - Parenthood

Co-sleeping 

August 16, 2015

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Co-sleeping. One of the most debated words surrounding the logics of doctoring conflicted with the Granolas and the unbelievers. You know, the ones who believe that co-sleeping is better because of late night feeding and essentially no waking up during the night. Uh, guilty. Or the ones who realize the worst but don’t ever become educated on the best. So we know that co-sleeping is a big no-no from anyone in any medical profession, i.e. Pediatricians.

I wrote this because I want information out there about the co-sleeping world and why we choose this.

It is a bit funny to me that parenting can become so divided to the extreme of labeling one lifestyle to another. We have the 4 typical parenting styles and then we have a category of where we fall only that category is defined as either: organic (Granola) or non-organic (everyone else).
This is 2015, the era of acceptance. Come on.
Reading up on co-sleeping I have noticed that there are a lot of scare tactics brought upon by media influence though there are multitudes of failed-to-be-mentioned benefits on co-sleeping and its developmental well-being on infants.

I thought I would share a few benefits of co-sleeping with you all, because it isn’t always scary.

  • First, SIDS is least prevalent in co-sleeping families. And by least, I mean almost null in void. There have been little recorded SIDS cases in co-sleeping households and this is because co-sleeping gives us the ability to become more attuned with our bebe and learn their rhythms. We learn what each coo means, how they sleep and when they wake.

With this said, I am not insinuating that the risk for SIDS will be eliminated. When taking the proper precautions, the risk is lower, i.e., firm mattress, no hazards such as stuffed animals or pillows near baby and trusting your maternal or paternal instinct. If you are a heavy sleeper, I would not risk co-sleeping because of potentially rolling on bebe.

  • Second, co-sleeping affects daily eating habits. Yes, eating. Infants who eat frequently at night have had better success rates with timed meals during the day. Think of it as a no-graze policy.

Along with a less snacky bebe in the daytime, for those breastfeeding mamas, this is like the heaven sent answer. Mama gets to lay down, bebe gets to eat.

If you want more information about co-sleeping, shoot me an email at info@littlegummi.com. Co-Sleeping is not for everyone and is not something you should try if you are not comfortable with it. Before sharing a bed, it is important that the spouse is in full compliance to it first. Confidence is a large part in co-sleeping.

We are not medical professionals and are in no way intending to persuade our views on to our readers. This is simply an informative piece to show that with all the negative views surrounding co-sleeping, there are just as many if not more positive views.

There are many great products out there that allow for co-sleeping such as bed rails or infant beds that are level to the parents and open at the side. We highly suggest a bed rail if you are co-sleeping to ensure safety.
We use Summer Infant and it can be purchased from Target

Co-sleeping

A funny representation of co-sleeping as found in one of my child development classes.

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