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Should you Let your Baby Share your Bed wth you?

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 16-11-2006

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.