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9 Responses to How to Cosleep Safely

  1. Trevor @ Tootlee  

    This is a great post that will help many moms be more informed about co-sleeping.

    We have co-slept with all three of our kids. Our 2 1/2 year old is still with us and will be until he’s ready for something different.

    There has never been a problem with any of the kids sleeping with us and we all get more sleep and bonding time.

  2. Mandy @ Living Peacefully with Children

    I wish organizations and professionals would focus on safe sleep rather than bowing to companies intent on making a financial profit. Many families could be helped.

    • Lauren  

      I totally agree! The risks to not cosleeping include, for instance, less chance of exclusive breastfeeding, which has specific health impacts, among others. It’s a shame some of those in power don’t see the connections.

  3. Alicia @ Lactation Narration  

    That’s a great photo tutorial! Thanks for posting it! It’s not exactly what we do, but pretty close. Loved the big boy nursing shot at the end too!

  4. Caitlin

    Do you think I can safely co sleep in only a full size bed? My daughter is 3 months old. We have part-time co-slept since she was born…taking naps, and in the middle of the night/morning when she is restless and can’t sleep by herself I let her sleep on my chest. That has worked thus for, but she now knows how to roll, and will now roll off of my chest. My husband and I are both thin, so there is room for her in-between us, but there is not really a cushion of space on either side. It’s not feasible for us to purchase a larger matrice at this time 🙁 . I don’t want to have to settle with only co-rooming (her crib is at the foot of our bed) but will for safety reasons. What are your thoughts?

    • Lauren  

      Hi, Caitlin — my concern about sleeping with a newborn on a full-size mattress is that babies are not supposed to sleep next to anybody but the mother, for safety reasons. Dads don’t have the instincts and reactions that (particularly breastfeeding) mamas do. Is there an alternate place your husband could sleep for a few months? If not, I think the crib might be your best option and would still be lovely for letting her co-room with you. You could still co-sleep for naps in that case. In the end, you’ll need to make the call for yourself and your family, but that’s my take on it. Best wishes to you and your little one!

  5. Caitlin

    Lauren, thanks for your response! Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. We decided to just cosleep during naps and have her in the crib at night, co-rooming. Thanks again!