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Other important benefit from
Not only promote better sleep in baby, co-sleeping also
has many other important benefits that not many parents know about it. These are some of the
Co-sleeping babies can enjoy “protective arousal,” a
sleeping state that enables them to more easily awaken if their health is in danger, such as breathing
difficulties. Harvard psychiatrist Michael Commons has discovered that babies who sleep alone are at
increased risk for SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and stress disorders. Co-sleeping babies sleep in
physiological harmony with their mothers. The proximity of the mother and infant actually regulates the
infant's breathing, sleep state, arousal patterns, heart rates and body
Co-sleeping babies will have a higher self-esteem,
less anxiety, become independent sooner, better attitude in school, and more comfortable with affection.
They also have less psychiatric problems, happier and have more satisfaction with life. They are less
likely to undergo from stress disorders and less prone to have peer pressure.
Between birth and five years of age, boys who
co-slept with their parents had significantly higher self-esteem and experienced less guilt and anxiety.
For women, co-sleeping during childhood was associated with less discomfort about physical contact and
affection as adults. Co-sleeping appears to promote confidence, self-esteem, and intimacy, possibly by
reflecting an attitude of parental acceptance.
Co-sleeping babies can recover from illness sooner
than babies who sleep alone. Babies who are left to cry alone experience elevated levels of the stress
hormone cortisol, which causes damage to the developing brain. It makes the baby more prone to the
effects of stress, more prone to illness, including mental illness and makes it harder to recover from
For co-sleeping to be a solution for you and your
family, it is best when both parents are on board as a first step. The second step is to apply safe
co-sleeping practice as there are some risks involved. Here are some guidelines for safe
Do not co-sleeping if you’ve been drinking, on drugs
or on medication that makes you too drowsy
Do not co-sleeping if you have used the room for
co-sleeping for smoking. This can result in SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Do not co-sleeping if you have a too-soft mattress
Do not use mattress that baby can get stuck in a
hole or crevice (such as between you and the back of the couch)
Avoid pungent hair sprays, deodorants, and perfumes.
Not only will these camouflage the natural maternal smells that baby is used to and attracted to, but
foreign odors may irritate and clog baby's tiny nasal passages. Reserve these enticements for sleeping
alone with your spouse.
Do not use too much adult bedding (too much bedding
in a crib is just as dangerous!)
Place baby on their back.
Do not co-sleep if you are extremely obese. Obesity
itself may cause sleep apnea in the mother, in addition to the smothering
Do not co-sleep if you are exhausted from sleep
deprivation. This lessens your awareness of your baby and your arouse-ability from
Do not let your baby sitter to co-sleep with your
baby as baby-sitter's awareness and arouse-ability is unlikely to be as acute as a
Don't allow older siblings to sleep with a baby
under 18 months.
Only the mother is allowed to sleep next to the
baby, since only mothers have that protective awareness of baby. Place baby between
mother and a guardrail, not between mother and father. Father should sleep on the other side of mother
because mothers are so physically and mentally aware of their baby's presence even while sleeping, that
it's extremely unlikely they would roll over onto their baby.
Don't fall asleep with baby on a couch. Baby may get
wedged between the back of the couch and the larger person's body, or baby's head may become buried in
cushion crevices or soft cushions.
Don't overheat or over-bundle baby. Be particularly
aware of over-bundling if baby is sleeping with a parent. Other warm bodies are an added heat
Don't wear lingerie with string ties longer than
eight inches. Ditto for dangling jewelry. Baby may get caught in these
Use common sense when sharing sleep. Anything that
could cause you to sleep more soundly than usual or that alters your sleep patterns can affect your
baby's safety. Almost all the fatal cases in co-sleeping could have been avoided if parents had observed
common sense sleeping practices.
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hence avoid getting stressed or frustrated.
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