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Unpacking The Benefits Of Co-Sleeping

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Aug 02, 2021
07:00 P.M.
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Being a parent means listening to the opinions of hundreds of people on how to raise your children, picking your favorite method, and still somehow feeling as though you’re not doing anything right.

There are so many theories about how you should raise children swirling around, but perhaps one of the most heavily debated is co-sleeping. Many people believe it is the best thing you can do, while others believe there could be nothing worse.

Here you will find some reasons why co-sleeping might be a good decision for you and your family.

Speed

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As a parent, you know that the bedtime routine can be a stressful and drawn-out process for anybody involved. You will likely have one or more parties crying by the end of it, and it takes ages for anybody to be able to fall asleep.

With co-sleeping, the speed of the bedtime process is significantly increased because none of the parties is stressed or upset. Everyone is able to go to sleep with minimal fuss, and it doesn’t take all that long.

Emergencies

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We are always worried about our children and their wellbeing, and that is not a switch that we can flip at the end of the evening and simply go to sleep. Each little noise that we hear alerts us to the fact that there might be something going wrong with our children.

When you co-sleep with your children, however, you will notice that you will be able to get to your child fairly quickly if something is going wrong, and that will allow you and your child to feel more secure.

Bonding

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Throughout the day, with things such as daycare and work, it can be hard to bond with your little one for more than a couple of minutes in the car on the way home or while you feed them their dinner, and it is something that plagues many parents.

If you decide to try co-sleeping, you will have a lot of time to bond with your child while you are falling asleep. The process is intimate and can feel blissful because you are so close to your child and finally have a few moments to truly bond before you both fall asleep.

Rest

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Having spoken of being on high alert for emergencies, it is obvious that when a parent has a child sleeping in a different room in the house, they will not rest because they are listening for noises from their child.

Bringing your child into your bed and co-sleeping means that you will be able to get a better quality of rest throughout the night because you will be close to your child and won’t need to sleep as lightly to hear them.

Breastfeeding

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For many breastfeeding mothers, nighttime is difficult. Whether you are waking up to feed your child or you are waking up in the morning with sore breasts because you haven’t fed your child, you might be uncomfortable in the morning.

For this reason, co-sleeping is a great idea for breastfeeding moms as you will be able to breastfeed your child without too much fuss, and you will notice that you are better rested because you didn’t need to wake up and go back and forth between your bedroom and your child’s.

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