What is co-sleeping?
Co-sleeping is where the baby sleeps in the same bed as the parents or in a cot that is attached to the bed, so basically in very close proximity of the parents.
Our story of co-sleeping:
Co-sleeping is a hot topic out there it seems. I shall just say, that with our son, we actually had him sleeping in our bed until he was about 3/4 years old, until the bed got too cramped. We tried so many times to get him into a cot, and to be honest, maybe more out of laziness, we started to just let him sleep in our bed to try and get some sleep. He suffered terribly with Eczema when he was little, and that would keep him up at night with scratching, so co-sleeping seemed like the answer.
Now, I do have to be honest, I feel it was probably the right thing to do at the time with our son, however we are adamant that we will not do it with this baby, we will persevere with the cot, and fingers crossed it works this time.
How to safely co-sleep:
- If you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is advised you do not co-sleep since you are not fully capable to control your actions.
- Make sure that you have no covers near baby’s face.
- It is advised to not co-sleep at all if you or your partner smokes.
- Try to never co-sleep on the sofa (to be fair, when my son was about 1, I top and tailed with him on a sofa when we had a little nap with my legs on the edge of the sofa in case he moved).
- Never leave the baby alone in the bed.
- Always place baby on their back.
- Never let a premature baby co-sleep with you (since they are so much smaller and at more risk).
- Do not swaddle baby when co-sleeping.
If you do want to co-sleep with your baby, however you are worried about sharing a bad, I would recommend buying a cot that attaches to the bed. (which if we do end up having to co-sleep I will invest in this sort of cot.