Co-sleeping

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Now I know that co-sleeping is a very controversial issue but I honestly believe it depends on the beliefs of each family. I personally find co-sleeping to be extremely beneficial to my baby and myself. My 2-month old is extremely scared of her crib and of being alone. She naps in the crib during the day, but only for about 30 minutes at a time. I am up and about doing housework so its easy to check up on her. However, I refuse to leave my baby who is scared of being alone in a crib throughout the night not only because she'll be awake all night, but because she may stop breathing and I'd never know it by listening to the baby monitor.

I could purchase an advanced monitor with the monitor and the motion detector pad that goes on the crib mattress and goes off when the baby stops breathing. But honestly, how much does it cost? Its got to cost at least $100 that I don't have.

I've done some research online and I've discovered that more babies die from SIDS in their crib than from co-sleeping. Plus co-sleeping is a normal practice in many countries all over the world and its been practiced for centuries. Anthropological research proves this.

I would rather co-sleep anyway because I don't believe that its right to leave a baby all alone in a big crib feeling terrified.I can't even imagine how frightened babies feel when they're alone and I don't want to.

However, everyone has their own opinion about co-sleeping. I believe it works for me and my baby because we both get a good night's sleep. We are both attuned to each other. Even though I'm sleeping, I know when she moves and breathes. We have developed a bond that's amazing.

I know many people think that it'll be hard to stop co-sleeping when the baby gets older but its also difficult to wean a baby off of breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and using a pacifier. Weaning of any kind can be difficult, but it can be done.

So for those of you who want to co-sleep, just make sure you are doing it properly and that the baby is in no danger. Its whatever makes you comfortable. Don't let the opinions of others deter you. And for those of you who are against it, that's your right, but don't force your belief on others. Everyone is different.

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Amanda - posted on 01/20/2012

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My baby doesn't move too much and I don't either. Isn't it interesting how in sync mothers and babies are when they co-sleep? I know when she needs to nurse just by how she moves. I sit up, feed her, burp her, and go back to sleep. We barely move because moms are in tune with their babies which would make it less likely for me to roll onto her or anything like that. I believe it is safer than putting her in a crib and when I need to wean her, I'll find a way to do it.

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We started co-sleeping with your son because he was sick and he just wanted me close to him. With all of my children I would wake up just a few minutes before they would want to nurse and without them ever crying to be feed at night (which is a late sign your baby is telling you that they are hungary).



In Europe (I belive England) there was a study done which video taped moms co-sleeping and BF with their children in the hosptial. The study found that mothers would not move throughout the night, they slept in one position without moving. I find this to be true for me as well. There was also another study that was done that babies who co-slept & BF were less liked to die of SIDS.

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