Co-sleeping - yes or no?
What is co-sleeping?
Co-sleeping – when you sleep together in the same room, in the same bed or when the child sneaks in to cuddle during the night. This can be the best in the world for some, and a nightmare for others. There isn’t enough scientific evidence to claim co-sleeping better or worse than sleeping alone so it’s important to figure out what fits you the best.
Benefits of co-sleeping
One of the advantages of co-sleeping with younger children is that you do not need to get too far away from bed to feed or comfort the child. This makes it easier for you to return to your sleep. There are, however, many things to consider when co-sleeping in the same bed as a small child. The child should not be placed between you and everyone in bed needs plenty of space.
It is important to point out that the bond between you and your child as well as the confidence in the world can be established, even though the child is sleeping in their own room. Just make sure to support the feeling of safety by showing the child that you are nearby, even though they are alone in the room. Some parents choose to lie in the bed as the child is falling asleep. These things, paired with the opportunity to sneak in for a cuddle during the night or in the mornings gives you many of the benefits of co-sleeping.
Disadvantages of co-sleeping
One of the biggest disadvantages of co-sleeping is that multiple people in one bed can disturb your sleep as you can be disturbed several times during the night. If you choose co-sleeping you should make sure your bed can fit many people at once and that everyone has their own pillow and duvet.