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Other important benefit from co-sleeping 

 

 

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 list:

 

  • 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 temperature. 
  • 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 illness.   


Practice safe co-sleeping

 

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 co-sleeping:

 

  • 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 or waterbed  
  • 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 danger.  
  • Do not co-sleep if you are exhausted from sleep deprivation. This lessens your awareness of your baby and your arouse-ability from sleep.  
  • 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 mother's.  
  • 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 source.  
  • Don't wear lingerie with string ties longer than eight inches. Ditto for dangling jewelry. Baby may get caught in these entrapments.  
  • 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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