Sometimes things that feel tough in the moment are the very things that bring about the most good in the long run. Just think of all the sore muscles, early alarms, and blistery toes that go into training for a marathon — but nothing beats the feeling of crossing that finish line on the day of the race. It's not until you gain perspective that you realize the sacrifice is worth the pay off. When you're in the trenches as parents, you may not realize how co-sleeping affects your mental health later in life, but you might be surprised to learn that the results are pleasantly positive.
Making the decision to co-sleep is not an easy one for every mama, since fears and horror stories could cause them to question this choice. But as Parenting magazine explained, co-sleeping could be a prevention method in lowering the risk of SIDS, which is backed up by research as well as evidence in cultures that traditionally co-sleep. Parents who are mindful to create a safe sleeping environment for their family can feel confident about safely co-sleeping with their little one. But once you've settled into your routine, sharing slumber with you little can bring you warm fuzzies in the moment as well as these mental health benefits in the years to come.