When a child is born, they follows their own sleeping cycle. However, as they grow up, they gradually start following the natural sleep cycle. Today, we are not debating on how well your baby sleeps at night, but “Where does your baby sleep at night?”
To help you make a better decision as where to place the expensive baby cot you bought, we have penned down the pros and cons of both co-sleeping and independent sleeping:
Co-sleeping, as the name suggests, is when the baby sleeps with the parents either on the same bed or in the same room on a baby cot or baby bed.
1. More sleep: The mother can easily nurse her baby at night without disrupting the baby’s sleep.
2. Better bonding: You can spend more quality time with your baby without any distraction, resulting in a better family bond.
3. Faster soothing: It is easier and quicker to sooth a co-sleeping baby at night than when they are in a different room.
4. Reduced risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): Studies have shown that babies who co-sleep with their parents have a reduced risk of SIDS.
1. Tiring for parents: Co-sleeping parents may wake up tired the next morning owing to nursing and attending the baby the entire night.
2. No privacy for parents: Bed time is the only time when parents can have quality time with each other. Co-sleeping with kids can take away this privilege of intimacy.
3. Dependent baby: Co-sleeping babies are more dependent on parents as they become habitual to getting nursed on waking up at nights.
Independent sleeping is not just sleeping in the baby cot, but sleeping in a baby cot or baby bed in a separate room.
1. Independent: Kids who sleep in their own room are more independent than co-sleeping children.
2. Parent’s personal time: Individual sleeping enables parents to have quality time with each other.
3. Quick nap: Since there are lesser distractions as compared to co-sleeping, the baby falls off to sleep quickly as compared to co-sleeping.
1. Nursing: Nursing or soothing a kid is inconvenient for both the baby and the parent if the kid is not co-sleeping.
2. Less bonding: Nowadays both the parents are working, and if they are not co-sleeping with the baby, the family bonding has to be done well before bedtime.
We hope this information would help you make a wise decision. Whatever your take is on baby sleeping, one thing we would like to suggest is to invest in a good baby cot which has adequate safety features to prevent any untoward incident while your baby sleeps comfortably.
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