Comforters & Co-Sleeping

Comforters for a good night's sleep

Some experts and parents believe that sleeping next to your child is a beneficial and comforting experience for both you and your baby. It can help to strengthen bonds, simplify nursing, and increase your time spent together when you have a hectic work schedule. With the right nighttime accessories, you and your child can have a peaceful night's sleep together. However, some parents feel that a shared bed prevents babies from learning to sleep on their own, discourages independence, and may increase the incidence of sleep disturbances. Take a look at some of the positive and negatives about co-sleeping with your child, and how baby comforters can help...

Positives you may want to consider:

Lots of professionals believe that sleeping next to your baby encourages breastfeeding, because it's more convenient given the proximity of you and your baby. It is also a good idea to get in the same sleep cycle as your baby's, which many parents feel gives them more hours sleep than sticking to separate schedules. Co-sleeping has been proven to help babies fall asleep more easily and go back to sleep more quickly when they wake up during the night; this obviously means that your child will get more sleep in general, and is less likely to be grumpy or irritable. Finally, parents who don't see their child much during the day can regain some intimacy with their baby, and this can make it feel as if you are spending more time together- even if you are asleep!

 

Negatives you may want to consider:

Some babies toss and turn a lot in their sleep, burp or even cry. Contrary to the previous point, you may actually find yourself getting less sleep, as your baby will be louder when they're close to you. Similarly, this could mean even less sleep for your baby, because you may pick up your baby at the first sign of trouble and actually wake them up unnecessarily. Whilst your baby may toss and turn, let's not forget that this is something you may be prone to- and that raises the risk of rolling over onto your child. This almost never happens- but some parents do worry about it. Finally, some experts argue that co-sleeping can lead to your baby being overly dependant on you and makes it harder to transition to them sleeping on their own.

Whichever you choose, all of these factors depend on individual child and your sleeping environment. If you want to make sure your baby has a good night's rest, have a browse of ComfyBabies' sleepware range, including soft mattresses, cosy blankets and toy comforters.

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