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The Benefits Of Co-Sleeper Cots
If you have a baby on the way – congratulations! Whether you’re going to be a first-time mum or you’ve done this all before, being pregnant is a beautiful thing, but it comes with a seemingly endless amount of preparation.
When it comes to your little one’s sleeping arrangements, you may be intending to have your precious newborn in your bed for the first few months of his/her life, but this is incredibly dangerous. Instead, you should consider purchasing a co-sleeper cot ahead of baby’s arrival, so you and your precious one can sleep side-by-side whilst ensuring utmost safety.
We list the main benefits of co-sleeper cots below, and why they’re more advisable than stand-alone cots and bed sharing.
Co-sleeper cots are safe
Though unimaginably terrible to contemplate, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as cot death) does occur. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) holds co-sleeping (aka bed sharing) accountable for more SIDS than isolated sleeping, and other medical institutions and specialists such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Health Service (NHS) agree. This is because co-sleeping – whether lying down in bed or sitting upright with baby in your lap – can greatly increase the risk of the baby falling from a height, being squashed by the parent, becoming overheated or even suffocating.
There are great psychological benefits
Co-sleeper cots are the genius solution to this dilemma of wanting to sleep close to your baby but knowing bed-sharing is unsafe. The three-walled cots attach directly onto the side of your bed, meaning your baby is at reaching difference but is secured so can’t roll off the edge.
There are multiple psychological benefits of sleeping in close proximity to your baby; studies have revealed that babies have more stable breathing patterns, temperatures and heartbeats if they sleep close to their mothers and are likely to awaken more easily to alert their mother when something is wrong.
With your baby sleeping in a co-sleeper cot, you don’t need to compromise on these benefits as you both are less than an arm’s length apart.
They allow you to create an unbreakable bond
Some mothers worry that if their newborn sleeps in a cot away from their bed they will lose out on forming that crucial mother-baby bond, and they’re right to be worried. Experts have found that babies who sleep close to their parents form valuable connections, whereas babies who sleep isolated or in separate rooms entirely form emotional attachments to inanimate objects.
The beauty of co-sleeper cots is that with the baby sleeping on a surface that is an extension of your own bed, you will still create that special bond as the baby will be able to feel that you are close by.
You and baby sleep more soundly
Knowing that your baby is asleep safely in a co-sleeper cot results in better sleep for both of you. Without disturbing each other – and without you worrying that you will roll over and hurt baby – you will become attuned to each other’s sleeping patterns and trust in each other. This means that while the length of your sleep maybe be cut short due to feeds (a given wherever your baby sleeps), your quality of sleep is much better.
What’s more, breast feeding becomes easier, as baby will be able let you know when they’re hungry, and if they’re in a co-sleeper cot you won’t even need to get out of bed to feed them.
Your relationship with your partner improves
When baby arrives, everything else takes a backseat. Though this is a natural process it can, after a while, cause a strain on your relationship with your partner – a strain which can become evident in the bedroom. With baby safely asleep in their cot – close enough to reach but on their own surface – you and your partner have more freedom to rekindle and be intimate.
The benefits of co-sleeper cots over bed-sharing or stand-alone cots are incredible – for increasing the safety of baby; improving yours and baby’s physical health and emotional wellbeing; and creating a lifelong bond. Compare co-sleeper cots at www.cosleepercots.co.uk