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The ups and downs of sleeping with your baby

Recent research shows new parents lose 44 days of sleep in their first year as a new parent.

That’s more than 6 weeks according to Ergoflex.

Top reasons for sleep loss in new parents

  1. Feeding your baby at night
  2. Infants waking up and crying
  3. Parents waking up with worry

Your body getting used to a lack of sleep turning into insomnia, together with stacking up chores were also common problems that contributed to lack of sleep.

The thing is, and this is especially so in new parents, sleep is one of the most important elements in everyone’s lives. And that need for sleep goes for new babies, too. It’s why they choose to do it so much during the day. Sleep is vital for letting our bodies and minds rejuvenate and is the foundation of a healthy life.

Mother with childSo how can you and your baby get the sleep you need to keep you both healthy?

Co-sleeping cribs are becoming more and more popular; they allow the parent to have the baby close to them at night without the risks associated with traditional bed-sharing. With the best co-sleeping cribs you are laying next to your baby and can have the cot-side down, but without sharing a bed with your baby – or the bed covers for that matter. And with the unique mesh design of the Knuma Huddle 4-in1 bedside crib you and your baby can still see each other even with the cot side up.

Most co-sleepers are safe in that they attach to the side of the bed, making it easier for breastfeeding and soothing through the night and here, Knuma’s Huddle is no exception, attaching to your bed whether you have a divan or a framed bed. With the least amount of disturbance to you and your baby, whether you are feeding, soothing them or comforting them, a co-sleeping cot is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

The best co-sleeping cots for breastfeeding mums?

Many breastfeeding mothers choosing to bed-share do it precisely because they get more sleep, manage their milk supply better, and attach more intensely with their babies.

With the best co-sleeping beds such as Knuma’s Huddle, mums have the luxury of being in constant eye-contact with baby and with many, in constant touch when the side is down. That means minimum fuss, maximum closeness and all the reassurance you need. And whilst, in other countries, co-sleeping or sharing sleep as it’s often referred to, is considered the norm, it’s almost considered taboo in this country, which is why the UK’s best co-sleeping cribs have really taken off.

In short, the key benefits of sleeping next to your baby are:

  • You spend extra time together
  • Mother and baby build a stronger bond
  • Parents sleep better…
  • …and they sleep better knowing baby is safe
  • Co-sleeping makes feeding/breast feeding much easier
  • Breastfeeding at night helps maintain milk supply
  • Mother can soothe baby with less disturbance to sleep patterns
  • With the Huddle the baby is in it’s own safe sleeping space
  • Safer than bed sharing
  • The Knuma Huddle has a gentle rocking motion that helps soothe the baby

 

The benefits of side sleeping

Often co-sleeping is called side sleeping and there are many benefits of sleeping close to your baby. You’ll get to spend extra time with your little one whilst developing a much stronger bond. It’s not just your baby that will feel the benefits; you too can sleep much easier knowing your child is close by and safe from harm. Also, if you’re asking yourself, “Does side sleeping makes breastfeeding easier?”, you’ll find the answer in not needing to leave the room or fully disturb your sleep pattern, meaning you get the much needed rest you deserve.

But is co-sleeping safe?

When done safely, mother-infant co-sleeping saves infants lives and contributes to infant and maternal health and well-being. Merely having an infant sleeping in a room with a committed adult caregiver (co-sleeping) is reported to reduce the chances of an infant dying from SIDS or from an accident by one half!

On top of that nursing mums who co-sleep with their babies report feeling better rested. Because they do not have to leave the bed to nurse, their sleep patterns are less disturbed and they feel more alert and focused during the daytime. More reasons why it’s well worth anyone looking to buy a co-sleeping bedside crib really does their research.

Just be aware though, if you’re asking, when will my baby start sleeping through the night, or, how do I settle my baby when they’re awake we’re not saying that co-sleeping or co-sleeping bedside cribs will influence when baby starts sleeping all night. Some babies are simply better at soothing themselves back to sleep than others. But it’s very much a bonus if you can positively affect having a better night’s sleep.

 

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