Since becoming a mom, sleep has never been far from my mind. I've always loved it, and yet I somehow gave birth to a baby who thinks of sleep as her enemy. It took her a year to start sleeping through the night, which means her dad and I survived some tough times. One thing that got us through it was bed sharing. If you're wondering if you can convince your significant other to try it, there are some everyday habits that will make your partner more comfortable when bed sharing.
There are risks to bed sharing that you and your partner should be understand before you agree to give it a try. The American Academy of Pediatrics noted that bed sharing is a big risk factor for baby sleep deaths, especially for infants under 4 months old. But there are so many things you can do to make it safer and mitigate those risks, including the items on this list. Bed sharing worked for my family because we followed every safety recommendation we could find. It also worked for us because I knew that getting even a few more minutes of sleep every night would make me a happier, healthier, and saner mom.
Here are seven habits that could make bed sharing the right fit for your family.