The moment your baby comes into this world, your whole life changes. Your heart is filled with love and joy and you never want to be away from your newborn baby. That’s how I felt after having been in labor for 27 hours with two of those hours being actual hard labor of pushing. That day will be a memory I’ll never forget.
But when it comes to sleep, that is definitely one thing I miss a lot and I am sure most moms can relate. That’s why many moms decide to co-sleep with their babies so they can get that extra sleep, if possible.
So what exactly is co-sleeping?
Co-sleeping means that you are in close proximity to your baby while sleeping. Some moms are up for it, some aren’t. For me, I co-slept with my newborn until my son was about five months old before I finally transitioned him into his own crib in his own room. All mothers are different, but if you’re down for giving it a try, here are seven must-know tips and tricks for co-sleeping with your baby
1. Buy a Bedside Bassinet: If you want your baby in your room with you, but not exactly in your bed, then buy a bedside bassinet so that your baby can be placed right next to you.
2. Have a Safe Sleep Surface: If you plan to have your baby sleep with you, make sure your mattress is firm and not soft. No waterbeds either! (If those are still a thing.) Also, make sure to keep your pillow away from your baby’s face so they don’t suffocate.
3. Night Feedings: For me, I usually took my baby in the other room to feed, but some moms prefer to do it right there and many say it makes it easier for them. If you plan to do so, get a routine going and be consistent so that your baby will adjust to that schedule and before you know it, your little one won’t need a nighttime feeding anymore and will sleep through the night. (Oh, the joys of sleep!).
4. Don’t Drink or Smoke: This goes for both of the parents. If you currently smoke, you should not let your baby sleep with you. The safest bet is to have your baby sleep in a bassinet rather than in the bed. If you drink, you will become less responsive of what your baby needs.
5. Plan to Transition to Baby’s Crib By Six Months: We all would love to keep our babies as close as possible to us but as they get older they need to get used to being in their own bedroom. A great way to get them in the habit of sleeping in their own room is by letting them nap in their own crib during the day so they get used to it.
6. Do Not Swaddle Your Baby When Bed-Sharing: Your baby could get overheated and he or she cannot move freely. Only swaddle them during times when you’re awake and can check on them often, like during their day naps.
7. Deep Sleepers and Sleepwalkers, Avoid Putting Babies in Your Bed: If you are one of these people, you shouldn’t have your baby sleep with you in bed or even place your baby in a co-sleeper next to the side of your bed. You don’t want to risk accidentally hurting them in your sleep.
I’ll be honest and say those first few days were hard without my son in the same room as me sleeping, but it had to happen. It definitely helps to have a baby monitor once that time comes, so be sure to invest in a good one!