Cosleeping, or sharing sleep with your baby is a great opportunity for nighttime parenting.

The benefits of sharing sleep with your baby go far beyond the obvious of extra bonding time since you share more time together. It is really often called nighttime parenting by attachment parenting experts because you are still there for your child if they need you.

What can be especially useful about sharing sleep with your baby is if you need to be gone during the daytime for a job or school. This is an additional chance to spend time with your baby even though it will be during sleep. You will always be there if anything is needed. No extra steps to take walking across a room or to a nursery.

If you will be breastfeeding your baby you will always be ready at the moment your baby needs to be fed. No time for the little one to work up to a big cry. Often mothers who share sleep with their babies stir when their babies stir and get them latched on before they make so much as a peep. This makes growing easier for babies, being able to feed through the night with such ease.

Sharing sleep with your baby makes it easier to be aware of any sickness that arises. You will notice immediately any stirring and restlessness from your baby and a rise in body temperature from she or he being so close to you.

Sharing sleep gives your baby security when it is needed in the early years of life, depending on how long you choose to keep your little one with you. Babies were meant to be closely bonded with their mothers and what better way to do this than sharing a bed for years to come.

Having your newborn next to you is a natural transition for your baby and helps baby to sleep better after birth. They are accustomed to the sound of your heartbeat and lying next to you comforts them like the sound of the womb did.

Having your baby in bed with you and your partner gives dad a chance to be with baby more as well. If he is gone during the day working he can feel good about spending time at night with his baby and adding to their bonding experience.

Worrying about SIDS or crib death is less of a concern as well. When babies sleep with their mothers they don't go into as deep of a sleep as babies who sleep alone. The change in sleeping stages of mother and baby makes the baby more easily aroused unlike a baby sleeping alone. Some parents express concern they will lie on their baby in the night yet this happens less often than babies dying of SIDS. As long as neither parent is drinking or a smoker and does not have a waterbed, then sharing sleep is a safe option.

Adding a bed rail to one side of the bed reduces the risk of baby falling out and gives mom a chance to sleep with the baby away from dad should she be afraid he won't have the awareness she does of baby's presence.

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