The co-sleeping or family bed is the act of sleeping with children, either in the same bed or the baby or child in a cradle attached to the cot of padres. This practice is much more common in Asia and Africa, in United States, Europe and Australia.
Currently, this method is considered one aspect of a natural breeding, which makes sure the children happier and would enhance lactation, reduce the risk of sudden death and promote linkages between parents and children.
Children who sleep next to their mother cry less frequently and spend less time awake. In these circumstances the mother is aware of the needs of the baby even before asks for them.
However, it is believed that co-sleeping has some drawbacks as a risk of suffocation, little rest for parents and child difficulty when having to nap alone.
Recommended for those who choose to practice co-sleeping:
- ● The area where the baby sleeps should be firm and clean.
- ● As in the rest of the rooms in a house where there is a child, you can not smoke in the room where the family bed will be shared.
- ● The baby should always face up, to reduce the possibility of sudden death.
- Parents should not consume sedatives, alcohol, drugs or anything like that cause drowsiness.
- ● Do not share a bed if a parent is sick or very tired.
- ● Avoid spaces between the wall and the bed, so that the baby does not fall or getting caught.
- ● Be careful that nothing covers the baby’s head while sleeping.
- ● Not accept pets in the bed when there is a baby.