How to Safely Co-Sleep

How to Safely Co-Sleep with Your Baby

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The HALO Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper was sent for Review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.

As I woke up this morning I realized something I have known all along but have never really fully accepted. It will be years before I get a full nights sleep again. Before coffee and grumpy this was something that I mumbled and grumbled over having once again been up and down all night with the baby and a tossing three year old. After coffee though…this is something that I am ok with. Actually something that I am more than ok with. Co-sleeping is something I wouldn’t change in our family for a thing.

How to Safely Co-Sleep

Now, I am not going to lie to you. Co-sleeping is not all rainbows and butterflies. It is feet in your face. Loud snoring, tossing, turning, and all the other things that come with having other people in your bed. But, it is also cuddles, and time to bond over books and small chat. It is children who feel secure and waking up to smiling faces.

It is moments like this–

 

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I wouldn’t trade it for a thing. With baby though, co-sleeping needs to be safe. They aren’t big enough to push back when the tossing and turning happens. They aren’t strong enough to pull a blanket off of their face or lift a pillow. And no matter how light of a sleeper you are there will always be one night where you sleep harder than normal.

Rules for Co-Sleeping with Baby

Always

  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Room-share, but don’t bed share; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend against bed sharing as it can lead to an increased risk for accidental suffocation.
  • Use a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.

Never

  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.

How to Safely Co-Sleep

Over the years I have tried out countless ways to balance the bonding that happens with co-sleeping and breastfeeding with these best sleep practices. It’s not easy. We have tried out countless products. Most have been a bust. The HALO Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper is one of the first co-sleeping products I have tried out that I absolutely love.

How to Safely Co-Sleep

It is unlike other bassinets that I have tried in that baby is right up there against the bed with you, and it is unlike other on the bed sleepers I have tried in that it is sturdy. It’s dual-swivel features and retractable wall make it insanely easy to use.

How to Safely Co-Sleep

This bassinet is an awesome way to co-sleep without bed sharing. I LOVE it! (It definitely made out list of New Parent Essentials!)

See the HALO Bassinest™ Swivel Sleeper in action in the video below:

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