9 Things Moms Need To Know About Bed Sharing

 

Once parents go home with their tiny new baby, life changes dramatically. Newborns ᴅᴏɴ’ᴛ have set sleeping schedules and need to be fed regularly, even throughout the night. So, parents sometimes resort to bedsharing to feed or comfort the baby, or end up ᴜɴɪɴᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟʟʏ ʙᴇᴅsʜᴀʀɪɴɢ. However, of late, co-sleeping has come under the sᴄᴀɴɴᴇʀ regarding the ᴘᴏᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴀʟ ʀɪsᴋs that it might pose. Here are 9 such things, therefore, that moms need to know about Bᴇᴅ Sʜᴀʀɪɴɢ:

  1. Will The Baby Become Too Dependent? Many mothers have heard their own mothers ᴘʀᴏᴛᴇsᴛ that the baby will never learn to sleep on his own if he sleeps in bed with mom. Other mothers ᴡᴏʀʀʏ that their baby will develop a dependency that will be difficult to overcome in other areas of his life. However, whether a baby bedshares with Mom or not is like looking at a single frame in a feature-length movie when it comes to determining whether a child is capable of independence or not.
  2. It’s Safer With No Blankets, Comforters, Pillows: Moms can create a safer bedsharing experience by removing comforters, blankets, stuffed animals, and pillows from the bed before falling asleep. Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs say even thin sheets can create ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs sɪᴛᴜᴀᴛɪᴏɴs for baby, who can end up with the sheet covering part or even all of her face, or wrapped ᴛᴏᴏ ᴛɪɢʜᴛʟʏ ᴀʀᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴏᴅʏ. The bed and the area around the bed should be clear of any of these items, which are ᴘʀᴏᴠᴇɴ to ɪɴᴄʀᴇᴀsᴇ the ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF sᴜFFᴏᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, and instead, Mom can adjust the room temperature and dress herself and baby in clothes that can‘t twist or cover baby‘s face.
  3. The Mother’s Instinct: The biggest concern of co-sleeping is based on the assumption that ᴀ ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ mother might end up rolling over andsᴜFFᴏᴄᴀᴛɪɴɢ her little one. However, a mother’s protective instincts toward her baby are very strong. So, it is quite unimaginable that she’ll ᴘᴏsᴇ ᴀ ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ when she is capable of waking to even the Fᴇᴇʙʟᴇsᴛ ᴏF ᴄʀɪᴇs. Still, if you are ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇʀɴᴇᴅ, make sure you put your baby at a safe length or in a crib on days you are extremely ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ to co-sleep.
  4. Improves Skin-To-Skin Contact: The skin-to-skin contact between the mother and the newborn is considered to be very essential for the overall development of the baby . Babies cannot express themselves, but they feel the most secure when they are around their mothers. And what’s better than that? Extended hours of being around the mother, of course!
  5. Safe And Sober: The ʀɪsᴋ ᴏF SIDS, sᴜFFᴏᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, sᴍᴏᴛʜᴇʀɪɴɢ, or ᴀɴᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀ ɪɴᴊᴜʀʏ is greatly increased when one or both parents co-sleep or bedshare with the baby while under the ɪɴFʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇ. If one or both parents are sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟɪɴɢ with sᴜʙsᴛᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴀʙᴜsᴇ or ᴍᴜsᴛ ᴛᴀᴋᴇ ᴘʀᴇsᴄʀɪᴘᴛɪᴏɴ ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, it is best for baby to sleep separately. Parents must take ᴘʀᴇᴄᴀᴜᴛɪᴏɴ ᴛᴏ ᴀssᴇss their health if thinking of bedsharing to ʀᴇᴅᴜᴄᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʀɪsᴋs.
  6. Sᴛʀᴇss Lᴇss: Breastfeeding mothers who bedshare often wake up more often than non-bedsharing parents, but may still have better quality sleep. Breastfed babies wake so often because breastmilk is ᴇᴀsɪʟʏ ᴅɪɢᴇsᴛᴇᴅ, and so babies get hungry faster. Moms aren’t the only ones who can experience ʟᴇss sᴛʀᴇss when bedsharing. Babies also experience ʟᴇss ᴘʜʏsɪᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ sᴛʀᴇss and ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ better when sleeping close to mom. When babies sleep close to mom, she is more likely to be responsive when baby wakes to feed, and this quick response makes the baby ʟᴇss ᴀɢɪᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ as she learns the security that her needs will be met.
  7. You Can Respond Promptly To Their Needs: Since babies’ ɪᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ ɪs ʏᴇᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘ, it makes them ɪʟʟ ǫᴜɪᴛᴇ Fʀᴇǫᴜᴇɴᴛʟʏ. During such times when your baby might be sᴜFFᴇʀɪɴɢ Fʀᴏᴍ Fᴇᴠᴇʀ or ᴍɪɴᴏʀ ɪʟʟɴᴇssᴇs, having you close to him/her gives your baby a sense of security. This, in turn, helps them calm down easily and you can attend to their needs promptly.
  8. When To Avoid: If you have been through a ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛᴇᴅ ᴄʜɪʟᴅʙɪʀᴛʜ ᴘʀᴏᴄᴇᴅᴜʀᴇ or ᴀ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ that ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇᴅ the ᴜsᴇ ᴏғ ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇsɪᴀ, it is ᴀᴅᴠɪsᴀʙʟᴇ that you ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ co-sleeping with your baby. Some ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄɪɴᴇs and sᴜʀɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇsɪᴀ might leave you with a ᴅʀᴏᴡsʏ ᴇғғᴇᴄᴛ, ᴘʀᴏᴠɪɴɢ to be ᴘᴏᴛᴇɴᴛɪᴀʟʟʏ ʜᴀʀᴍғᴜʟ to your baby. In such a situation, ensure that either your spouse or a family member, like your mother, take over the baby’s responsibilities for a while.
  9. Do Ask And Do Tell: If parents are more open about bedsharing, it could help ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇ ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs with better information as to how to ᴘʀᴏᴠɪᴅᴇ ᴘʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴄᴀʟ sᴀғᴇᴛʏ ɢᴜɪᴅᴇʟɪɴᴇs.

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