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Baby & Father in a Bed
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Baby & Father in a Bed
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Three in a Bed
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Baby & Father in a Bed Co-Sleeping

Cosleeping is natural and instinctual.
James McKenna PhD
, who has been studying it for 25 years, says:

"Sleeping alone [for a baby] is not biologically correct. Human infants are born more neurologically immature than any other species (excluding marsupials.)
Our central nervous systems depend on a microenvironment that is like the in-utero environment, full of sensory stimulation. Babies need the warmth, stimulation and monitoring that comes with sleeping next to a caregiver.

Almost all, fully 95 percent, of the world sleeps with their baby, and there are only very few cultures in the world for which babies sleeping alone is even thought to be acceptable or desirable.
In many Asian cultures where cosleeping is the norm, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is either unheard of or rare. In Hong Kong and Japan, which have almost universal cosleeping, SIDS rates are among the lowest in the world.
The vast majority of scientific studies on infant behavior and development conducted in diverse fields during the last 100 years suggests that the question placed before us should not be “Is it safe to sleep with my baby?” but rather, “Is it safe not to do so?” 

Baby & Father in a Bed

Some Advantages of Cosleeping:-
  • Easy to respond to baby’s cues, thereby facilitating attachment parenting.
  • A key element in mother-child bonding.
  • It facilitates the transition from the comfort and security of the womb and mother’s heartbeat and voice, to independence and security in a strange and often frightening world. This is done gradually and compassionately by attachment parenting and co-sleeping. The modern misconception of the need to rush the child to independence by hurrying baby onto solids, into its own bed, to be potty trained, etc. - otherwise the result is supposed dependency and neediness - is both unnatural and cruel.
  • Creates a family intimacy. This is through caring touch, which is linked to love, stability, non-violence, no emotional neediness.
  • Mothers respond more quickly to babies in the bed than to babies in a crib (even when it is in the same room).
  • The battleground of sleep-training and cribs is avoided. In this way, you are avoiding serious long-lasting psychological trauma to your child. Leaving an adult alone to cry is bad - so, how much worse for a child?
  • Easy to breastfeed on cue.
  • Failure to breastfeed at night (such as recommended by sleep-training) can lead to painful engorgement or even breast infection. This is avoided. Human breastmilk is thin and watery, typical of a species that nurses frequently.
  • Babies are more likely to overheat in their own bed than when bed-sharing, and that even with a feverish skin temperature, co-sleeping babies demonstrate a cooler core body temperature than that of their lone-sleeping counterparts.
  • Can give crucial catch-up time for a working mother separate from her children during working hours.
  • It can be very enjoyable.
  • Less likely to be sexual taboos or hang-ups in the child.
  • There are a variety of ways to cosleep, e.g. father moves out, partners swap throughout the night, a bedside crib. There are creative solutions to any or many of the aspects of cosleeping that do not suit you. In this way, you can reap the definite advantages of cosleeping without upsetting yourself in the process.
  • Possibly more sleep is gotten, and certainly more quality sleep is gotten (versus crib). This is important because a rested parent is less likely to abuse/neglect their child.
  • Safety of baby/child is greatly increased (e.g. safer from fire, earthquake, other natural disaster, sexual abuse, abduction, harm from intruders, attacks by pets/animals, suffocation after vomiting, asthmatic attacks, strangling by bedwear, other injuries and death possibilities).
  • Research shows that mothers who cosleep are not only more aware of and responsive to their infant’s needs, but also that babies who have coslept regularly have the greatest levels of self-reliance and social independence. (Lauren Lindsey Porter in Mothering Magazine #154 p.54).
  • Contributes to world peace as the child is likely to be emotionally stable and fulfilled, and non-violent (yet strong).
Three in a Bed (Mum, Dad and Baby asleep)

Cosleeping Vigilance
  • Dangerous if practised carelessly, irresponsibly. Examples include: drunk, drugged, smoking. Also be careful if you are obese. 
  • Water beds are not suited to cosleeping. 
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