I did it with my first, it was the only way to get any sleep!
We will see what works for this one. I would do it again if I needed to. They have the co-sleeper pods that you can put in the bed, or a side sleeper crib.
It's perfectly safe if you follow the recommendations for it.
We bed share and co-sleep with our little ones and still do bed share when they need it. If done properly bed sharing is very safe. I thought I would never do it with my first. But after a few nights of no sleep. I realized why would I make her start to sleep on her own. She has been cuddled up for 9 months inside. I could not image someone telling me all the sudden I could no longer sleep with my hubby. That would be so hard on me. So it really made me realize how my sweet little one must feel. We all slept so much better after that. Never had any issues with my girls going to there own room. Each were at different ages. My second it was not till she was 3 years old but every know and then she would sleep in her room. Like I said earlier they all do end up in our bed from time to time - bad dreams, sick, storms and they get one night a week to sleep in our bed if they want to. My 9 year old will say most the time. I am too old for that. Which she is getting to that age. Just the way I feel about it. I know everyone is so different and have to look at what is right for them.
We bed-share or co-sleep depending on the needs of the child for at least the first year of life, then we slowly transition them to their own room after a year. Our older children all know they are welcome to come into bed with us if they need to in the middle of the night.
Personally, I am 100% for co-sleeping. Studies show it reduces the risk of SIDS, and I definitely believe that to be true. Biologically, the mother's body signals the baby's body to breathe during sleep. The mother is also wired to awaken if there are any disturbances with the baby. I don't see any natural reason to separate a mother and a child during infancy.
As for the amount of sleep you get, I found I got more while co-sleeping seeing as I was exclusively breastfeeding.
There are very safe ways to co-sleep, and then there are less safe ways to co-sleep. We did this with our daughter for the first 8 months or so and plan to do so again with the next.
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