When it comes to parenting it can be difficult to determine what is best and what is not for young children. Especially in the areas that even the experts cannot agree on. Co-sleeping with your baby, toddler or older child is a controversial issue for many, and not everyone agrees on this issue.
Co-sleeping refers to sharing a bed with your child or sharing a room with him. There are mainly two things that you should consider as a parent before considering whether or not to co-sleep with your children: the psychological impact on your child and the impact on your relationship (if any).
Remember that if you allow your child to sleep in your bed or if you share the bedroom, it will affect your intimate time as a couple and your sexual life if you live with your partner. This is not something that should be minimized because a healthy sex life is vital to a good relationship. In addition, of course, to your happiness and well-being. For this reason, it is important to consider if you really want to sleep with your baby in the long term or not.
Those who favor co-sleeping claim that it provides children with a strong sense of security and comfort around their parents. A healthy attachment between parents and children is also promoted. Additional feeding and closeness in co-sleeping is believed to provide the infant and child with a solid foundation for healthy psychological development. Plus, it helps prevent a toddler’s separation anxiety that you may experience at night.
But there are experts who comment that with smaller babies there can be big safety problems that must be taken into account when it comes to co-sleeping. In this sense, there are great opponents of co-sleeping and they explain that it can interfere with the child’s ability to learn to calm down or develop a healthy sense of autonomy and independence . Some also argue that it can even lead to immature behavior on the part of the child. They claim that it could increase the likelihood of fuzzy boundaries, boundaries that children need to learn and respect and also understand, that parents need time alone.
There are also experts who say that co-sleeping could even lead to resentment between parents, especially if one parent is not entirely in favor of the practice but feels compelled to do so. This can increase dissatisfaction with life as a couple.
As many parents know, there are some benefits to sleeping with a baby or young child: it is easier to attend to them if they need it and it can improve the quality of parents’ sleep (something essential also to be able to have a better mood). Co-sleeping babies and children tend to cry less often at night, so both the child and the parents can have a good night’s sleep.
On the other hand, with smaller babies there can be safety problems. Babies can roll out of bed, which can cause injury. They can also be at risk of suffocation if parents move a lot in their sleep or if their little ones get caught between the sheets. They are even in danger of descending between the mattress and the head of the bed or the wall. The ideal thing for a newborn is to sleep in a crib close to the bed, but not in the bed.