The Many Benefits of Co-Sleeping
Co-sleeping used to be a somewhat controversial subject, with some thinking it was a hazardous undertaking. Today, the benefits & the importance of co-sleeping are widely known by many in the medical field. There are even ‘baby-friendly’ hospitals incorporating co-sleeping from day one post birth.
Sleeping with your baby after they are born is one of the most natural things & most rewarding things you can do. Even more than breastfeeding which sits at the top of important health & wellness factors for your child, co-sleeping has the unique gift of setting you and your child up for a lifelong healthy & loving connection.
Seven positive aspects & benefits of co-sleeping:
Co-sleeping looks a little different for every family. Some parents choose to sleep in different beds, allowing mother & baby their space & dad or partner the much needed sleep, while others prefer to sleep together, sharing the experience & many benefits of co-sleeping.
For some, co-sleeping means attaching a cot to the end of their bed while for others, baby sleeps next to mother, either on a flat co-sleeping pillow or specifically designed co-sleeping mat or directly on the bed, tucked under mothers arm or close to the line of her head.
Seven guidelines to safe co-sleeping:
Becoming a confidant co-sleeper may take a wee while & allowing yourself the time, patience & dedication (much like you do in Breastfeeding for the first time) is essential to successful co-sleeping. Your body will take a while to get used to sleeping next to your baby, the baby is no longer inside you & your sympathetic nervous system will quickly adjust. Although co-sleeping may feel like second nature right from the get go, your body becomes confident & relaxed over time, all the while changing & shifting its attention as your baby's needs evolve & as your baby grows.
Do you co-sleep or are you considering co-sleeping? what worries you the most, what do you enjoy the most about co-sleeping or the idea of it?
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