Co-sleeping is the practice of allowing an infant or young child(ren) to sleep with their parents. Co-sleeping is often referred to as the "family bed". Most experts suggest that the safest place for babies and young children to sleep is in a crib. Before you choose to co-sleep or not, there are some general benefits and risk to consider.
What are the benefits of co-sleeping?
What are the drawbacks involved with co-sleeping?
For parents that do choose to co-sleep, there are common guidelines to follow to reduce the likelihood of a traumatic accident occuring.
An option to consider apart from co-sleeping is to provide a crib, bassinet or playpen in your bedroom so that your baby can sleep in the same room during the early months.
To make the transition to a crib or bed easier, it is recommended that co-sleeping infants begin transition around the age of 6 months. Begin by placing the baby in a crib for daytime naps and gradually continue to include night-time sleeping as well. Provide a sound machine and nightlite if necessary. Begin a nightime routine that consists of a bath, clothing change, feeding and bedtime story or song. Your baby will begin to associate this routine with bedtime, which will make the transition easier.
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