A friend of mine send me this link (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-21/science/39417258_1_sids-cases-sids-deaths-infant-death) where they talk about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is linked to parents sharing their beds with their children especially infants.
Thankfully I don’t have an infant at home now!
I always co-slept with R. More because I was too lazy to get up and go to her bed and feed her. It was just so much easier to just latch her on and take rest myself. My thathi (Granny from mom’s side) was very strict about not breastfeeding the child while sleeping. So I had to get up and sit and do it, but still co-sleeping made things a lot easier for me.
While my thathi was insistent I don’t breast feed while lying down, it was more to do with the fact that she was worried I would roll over and smother the kid if I fell asleep, but I know loads of women who have told me that they find it easy to breastfeed while lying down. Somehow I never got that comfort!
On the other hand, now that the brat is 5, she has her own bed, which is attached to ours but she sleeps there half the night and often jumps into our bed.
So in my humble opinion
Earlier you let the child sleep on his/her own, easier it is
With R turning 5 I am finding it extremely difficult to make her sleep on her own. Forget her own room, she refuses to sleep on her own bed till I lie down with her. Then I climb to our bed after she is asleep. (Dont even ask me how long her bed is going to last with a 70 kg me jumping on it from here to there!) Often the middle of the night she jumps from her bed to mine.
For new parents, I would recommend that the earlier you put the baby to sleep separately, the easier it will be for them to adapt. Of course, the difficulty of getting up in the middle of the night to feed or change the nappy is a pain, but trust me from personal experience I would say that its better to suffer that for a
couple of years, than to have a kid come on the bed and play Manchester United challenging football with you.
Many folks, especially in India feel, putting a child to sleep by themselves is not a good thing to do. But honestly as a working mother, the days R sleeps on her cot without jumping onto mine, my sleep is complete. I find myself more rested the next day morning!
What’s you take?
Co-sleeping is better, or would you rather put your kid into the habit of sleeping alone?
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