If scratching and irritation are keeping your child up at night or causing them to do damage to their sensitive skin while they sleep, co-sleeping may be a great option for you. While I really tried to avoid sharing my bed with a tossing, turning little one, I found to be a really effective and helpful option when things got rough. Co-sleeping has a ton of positive benefits, and it can be done safely without a lot of hassle if you’ve got the basics down. Today I’ll be sharing with you why this is such a great option for many families, and how you can do it the easy way.
The Benefits Of Co-Sleeping
Here are a few of the things many parents find helpful about co-sleeping… some of these are more than positive enough to deal with a little tossing and turning!
- For kids who insist on breastfeeding just when you’re dozing off to sleep, co-sleeping can make it easier for you and them to get the job done without making you get out of bed and wake up fully. It’s also a great way to help them fall asleep while in the comfort zone.
- If you’ve found that your body completely refuses to match up with your child’s sleep schedule, this could be the way to fix it. Getting your child in bed with you can help you both match up to a healthier and more consistent sleep pattern in the fastest way possible.
- Helps create bonding and connection when schedule keep the family apart from each other all day.
- Helps parents micro-manage itching and other issues without having to get up and out of bed every 10 minutes. Having your child within arms’ reach means that you can more quickly notice scratching and stop the cycle before damage is done. This is the #1 reason I started looking into co-sleeping.
The list of benefits that you can get from co-sleeping are pretty impressive, but they’re not good enough to convince many experts who say that co-sleeping is dangerous and could lead to all kinds of issues. While many cultures across the world have practiced co-sleeping and continue to do so, it’s still a sensitive subject with people on both sides of the argument.
The work around, and something that many experts do agree is a good thing, is having your child sleep in the same room with you but not in the same bed. This practice can actually decrease chances of SIDS and it gives parents an instant feedback from their child in situations of illness, scratching, restlessness, hunger, or discomfort. Now days, there are a variety of bedside sleepers that give kids their own safe space that’s level with your bed and within arm’s reach. These bedside sleepers have become extremely popular and they’re something I think are worth looking into if you have a child under 2.
Have you tried co-sleeping?
What benefits and struggles did you experience?
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