Baby in the bed
Why sleeping with your baby can be good for both of you.
According to Attachment Parenting International (API) the following are some of the benefits of co-sleeping:
- The proximity to the mother may help the infant's nervous system learn to self-regulate during sleep;
- It could prevent SIDS by preventing the infant from entering into a sleep too deep to wake from;
- Parents' own breathing rhythms may help the child to 'remember' to breathe;
- Both parent and infant sleep better, since the infant does not have to wake fully to cry and get a response (since the mother is so close). As a result of this, mothers tend to sleep better and wake less fully;
- Babies get more attention and more breastfeeding takes place – so not only is the infant fed more, the sucking act also increases the flow of oxygen which is better for growth and immune function;
- Studies show mothers who co-sleep are five times more protective – i.e. by fixing the blanket, stroking, and cuddling – which also leads to an increased sensitivity to the child's presence in the bed.