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Pros and Cons of the Family Bed



The “Family Bed” is a method of bonding with baby that has been more recently touted. Choosing for your baby to sleep in the Family Bed (your bed) is a decision that some parents readily make. The following are the pros and cons of allowing your baby to sleep in your bed with you and your spouse.

Pros

  • Instant access for breastfeeding. If you are nursing, the Family Bed is the most convenient in servicing your baby for night feedings. You don’t have to get up when your baby wakes. Just turn him on his side and let him nurse you and him back to sleep.
  • Increased time for touch. When your baby is in bed with you, you will be able to provide longer periods of skin-on-skin contact time with your baby, which is known to build security and good health for your baby.
  • Eliminates the need to get up and check on the baby. With your baby at your side, you will never have to get up and check on him. He is always there with you.

Cons

  • Your bed may be unsafe for baby. If you have a soft bed, a bed with many cracks or crevices, or a deep sleeping spouse, the Family Bed may be a dangerous place for your baby.
  • No chance for burping. If you have a gassy baby or a baby with tummy problems, nursing while lying down in bed is not a good idea. It doesn’t give much opportunity for burping your baby, as the positioning is all wrong.
  • You will get less sleep. It is not uncommon for moms who keep their baby in bed with them to NEVER get a full night’s sleep. Your or your husband's stirring can easily wake your light sleeping baby. Also, your baby will begin to depend on a close nursing supply and will most likely want to nurse more often throughour the night.
  • No chance for romance. You also might as well forget about sex for a while. Nobody wants (or should want) to have sex when their baby is there with them. Even if you just want to snuggle, how can you with a baby in the middle?
  • Hard to wean baby off to his own bed. Once your baby is used to having access to you all night, it is difficult to wean him off. Be prepared for some long nights ahead.

Think about whether you truly want your baby in bed with you all the time. Some mothers believe the headaches are worth the quality time with baby. Some, on the other hand, need their rest. You decide what’s best for you.

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