Most people, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, say co-sleeping is not safe and should never be done. This article contradicts that and claims it isn't bed sharing that is risky, but that sleeping on a sofa or chair with your baby is the real hazard. The article mentions those who avoid bed sharing tend to pick a sofa or chair when feeding, in attempt to keep themselves awake, which Dr. Melissa Bartick claims “actually markedly increases their infant's risk of suffocation.” Another interesting point made was, “research shows that bed sharing facilitates breastfeeding and is associated with longer breastfeeding duration.”
Not comfortable with bed sharing? There are some great alternatives. Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper is a nifty little bed that can be placed at the same height next to your adult bed to allow your baby to be close to you, but not in your actual bed. Other bassinets and play yards like the Fisher-Price Rock 'N Play or Graco Pack 'N Play allow you to have your baby in the same room so you can keep a close watch on him and quickly respond to his needs.
"Sleeping in the same room as baby is usually the easiest option since you will be feeding so often." - tweet this!
Sleeping and getting your baby on a schedule are two of the most common subjects parents seem to have questions about. There are many scheduling options and philosophies on how to get your baby to sleep through the night. Starting your baby on a predictable routine between 6 and 8 weeks of age is recommended. Sometimes, as babies go through developmental milestones, they start sleeping worse. If your baby begins to have issues sleeping around the 4-6 month stage, Baby Sleep Science is a great resource.
Learn more about co-sleeping in your home by taking our Private Lesson: New Parent Essentials. This lesson includes detailed information on sleeping, setting up a daytime schedule at the appropriate age, soothing techniques, basic newborn care and more!