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