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7 Ways To Prepare Your Bed For Co-Sleeping

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Although some parents may cringe at the thought of bringing their new baby into bed with them at night, there are others who are supporters of co-sleeping. They may do it for the convenience of making those dreaded late-night feedings more bearable, or for chance to get a little extra bonding time in with their little ones. If you choose to co-sleep with your baby, however, safety is the most important thing to take into account. And that all starts with ways to prepare your bed for co-sleeping.

If you've never even considered the idea of creating a family bed, there are some benefits. According to Mother magazine, co-sleeping can increase the levels of the milk-producing horomone, prolactin, which can aid in breastfeeding. And contrary to what you might think, it may also help lessen baby's anxiety and lead to a better night's sleep to be in close proximity to parents. But there are some risks associated with co-sleeping, including an increased risk of SIDS or other injuries. Which is why, if you want to try co-sleeping, you need to make sure you've created a safe space.

If you want to give co-sleeping a try, make sure you have all of things you need to make sure your baby is as safe as possible — and you both will be on your way to having sweet dreams.

1. Upgrade Your Mattress

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If you're still sleeping in a twin bed, toss it. According to Dr. Sears, the bigger the bed, the safer the baby. A king or queen-sized mattress is best.

2. Move To The Wall

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Dr. Sears' sited also notes that you should push the mattress against the wall, or place a guardrail at the edge of the bed, to make sure baby doesn't roll off the edge.

3. Invest In A Firm Pillow

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Get rid of that mound of fluffy pillows in your bed. One firm pillow is the safest environment for baby, according to Babble.

4. Keep Your Bedding Light And Tight

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If you're going to co-sleep, Cafe Mom recommends doing away with the bulky bedding, as more blankets increases the chances that baby will get hurt. Invest in tight-fitting sheets and dress warmer in the winter months.

5. Add A Breastfeeding Pillow For Support

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Babble also suggests giving yourself a little support during those late night breastfeeding sessions by placing a nursing pillow beneath your but.

6. Invest In A Good Co-Sleeper

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If you want to co-sleep, but want your bed all to yourself, a co-sleeper is a great option. Do your research on sites like Lucie's List, and find the best and safest co-sleeper for you and your baby.

7. Add A Pad To Help With Mess

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Protect your mattress from the inevitable late-night messes with a disposable bed pad, which can be fastened to the bed with safety pins, suggests Alpha Mom.