Just like any new mother I love to read all the tips and advice I can find on babies and parenting. Some things I read I agree with while others I hit the delete button and go on my merry way. This morning I had an article waiting for me titled "Co-sleeping: Is it safe?" Immediately I was interested in what the article said since co-sleeping/independent sleeping is such a controversy these days.
I personally co-sleep with Zoe and we all love it! Paul included. :) There was no way my newborn child was going to sleep all alone in another room.
First off, the article said that i
Even Dr. William Sears said, "infants who sleep in a crib are twice as likely to suffer a sleep-related fatality (including SIDS) as infants who sleep in bed with their parents." According to Sears, "The answer is not to tell parents they shouldn't sleep with their baby but rather to educate them on how to sleep with their infants safely."
Of course this got me thinking -- so I googled. Yes, I googled. Here is what I found when I looked into the psychological benefits of co-sleeping. To read the full article click here. Plenty of moms think that co-sleeping results in clingy, dependent children. Instead, co-sleeping results that children who once co-slept have been found to have higher levels of confidence, self-esteem and intimacy.
I'm sure plenty can find pros about independent sleeping as well. All of us as mothers need to do what is right for us and leave well enough alone. For me, I feel more comforted in the security of knowing how Zoe is doing throughout the night. If she chokes on a little bit of puke, I know because I'm right there. Also, because I am breast feeding, co-sleeping is so much easier on me. Mainly because I can rest while she nurses and we both fall asleep soon after she's done.
Co-sleeping is what's right for me. I choose to keep Zoe close by, whether she sleeps in the bed with me or in her bassinet. I personally feel so much more rested doing so which means taking care of Zoe during the day is easier. When I feel she's old enough she will sleep in her own room in her own bed. Until then.. I choose to cuddle with my whole family!