>> Nov 8, 2013
Despite what detractors say, many parents swear by co-sleeping. The debate is ongoing, however modern research has indicated that there are many benefits to co-sleeping that parents should be aware of. It should be noted that the benefits listed below are the results of safe co-sleeping. Parents should learn more about the safety guidelines of this practice before trying it at home. Why should you consider co-sleeping with your new little one?
Supports a Feeling of Acceptance from Parents
Little babies can’t speak yet, but they can pick up on things in their environment and the actions of those around them. When a parent co-sleeps with baby, it sends a strong message of acceptance. Your child will feel calmer and happier knowing that you are there for them 24 hours a day at a life stage when they need you the most. This positive message will carry over into other aspects of baby’s life, especially as he or she grows up.
Soothes Uneasy Sleepers and Keeps Parents Rested
Some babies are just not good sleepers. No matter how hard parents try, their little one screams and cries in the crib. Some parents find that bringing the baby into a co-sleeping situation dramatically improves their night habits. Some children feel assured and sleep better when they know mom, dad or both parents are close by. This has the additional benefit of allowing parents to get more rest so they can get through early childhood with fewer struggles.
Co-Sleeping Increases Chances of a Healthy Emotional State
Many professionals and researchers have found that co-sleeping nurtures better emotional health in both male and female children. Greater self-esteem has been recognised in babies who co-slept with parents. They also tend to harbour less guilt feelings and anxiety into adulthood. Girls were better equipped to handle intimacy and affection later in life. Overall co-sleeping helps to encourage the development of a well-balanced emotional state.
Reduces the Chances of Respiratory Risks and SIDS
The deep inhale and exhale of parents is also believed to set the rhythm for baby’s breathing. This is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) when compared to babies who do not co-sleep. Many children tend to gravitate towards their parent, often in the face to face sleeping position which allows baby to feel their parent’s breath. This helps regulate the child’s breathing and “reminds” the body to keep inhaling and exhaling when at rest.
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