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.