Committing to co-sleeping is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, there are tons of benefits. You’ll be better able to monitor your baby closely as they sleep, reducing the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); you don’t have to get up if you’re breastfeeding and using a family bed; rolling over next to them is easy and convenient and everybody gets a better night’s rest (at first). But before quickly jumping to the conclusion that it’s the best thing ever, there are some things all new parents should know about surviving co-sleeping.
First, co-sleeping isn’t for everyone. While the benefits are obvious, that doesn’t mean you should automatically do it or that it will be automatically beneficial for you and your baby. Just like every other parenting decision, weigh the pros and cons, do some research and ask around to be sure, and then make your own choice based on your own unique wants and needs. Co-sleeping doesn’t indubitably make you a wonderful parent, either; just like it doesn’t make you an overbearing one. Also, you can just go ahead and forget about privacy (as if you had much of that to begin with, being a parent and all).
Perhaps most importantly, understand that it will be challenging on some days, and frustrating on others, and beautiful on the days in between. If you’re pretty sure you want to go ahead and bunk up with your newborn, here are just a few things you can do to ensure you'll "survive" it, because every little bit of information helps, right?