Best Decisions – Co-sleeping

We didn’t start out intending to share our sleep space; it evolved from our nighttime breastfeeding relationship. Even though the babe was close at hand in the bedside cosleeper, next to me worked even better (especially once we learned to nurse sidelying) and seemed to make for a happier child. As mentioned in a previous post, some studies show that if done properly co-sleeping decreases the rate of SIDS, promotes breastfeeding, allows parents to more easily know if their child is in distress (and remedy it), and can even regulate the child’s breathing and temperature. For us it’s resulted in better sleep for all involved, meaning better days as well. I hope I never forget what it’s like to have a tiny, sleeping body curled up next to me, totally content and secure in the presence of his parents, his every need fulfilled.