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Know the pros and cons of co-sleeping

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 10-04-2007

Is it okay to let the baby share your bed with you? There is no
single correct answer to this situation. It is up to you, as a parent, to decide after knowing its
pros and cons:

Advantages of
co-sleeping

  • Sleeping with your baby can foster a closer bond between you and your
    child.
  • It gives you more time to spend with your baby. This is especially important for
    working couples.
  • According to some studies, breastfeeding is higher amongst babies who share
    their parents’ bed
  • Babies who sleep with their parents are believed to enjoy better
    sleep.
  • Some studies report that babies who co-sleep wake less often during the night and
    fall asleep faster.
  • Co-sleeping tends to reduce crying amongst babies.
  • It is easier
    for parents to attend to the baby’s needs at night.
  • Co-sleeping enables parents to respond
    immediately to babies when they cry.  

Disadvantages of co-sleeping

  • Once they get used to sleeping with them,
    babies may refuse to sleep in the parents’ absence.
  • It may be difficult to teach co-sleeping
    babies to sleep alone later.
  • Sleeping with a restless baby may disrupt the parents’
    sleep.
  • Parents may see a baby in bed as an intrusion in their love
    life.