A co-sleeper is a baby bed that attaches to one side of an adult bed. It allows baby to remain close to the parents at night without actually being in the adult bed (which can be dangerous sometimes; especially at the beginning).
Co-sleeping bassinets resemble a crib with one of the side rails taken off. The open end is placed next to the adult bed, with the co-sleeper mattress and adult bed mattress at the same level (this is important), so that a parent can easily reach the baby during the night for breastfeeding or other care.
Co-sleepers allow babies the benefits of sleeping near a parent, but ease some parents’ fear of rolling over on the child. You can attach this little baby crib to your bed and you can feed the baby, check the baby without getting up. You can sleep with your baby without danger.
You can use the co-sleeper approximately 4-5 months of age or when the child begins to push up on hands & knees.
At the beginning I’ve decided that co-sleeper wasn’t good for me; here are my reasons:
- I thought, if I start to sleep with my baby every night, I probably would need to get training to stop it 🙂
- During the night I need to change baby diapers; so I will get up from bed anyway. Having the baby just next to me won’t stop me to get up…
- When I’m breastfeeding him, I become so thirsty that have to drink water. Another reason to get up from the bad anyway…
- I have very comfortable rocking chair in our bedroom for breastfeeding. I definitely prefer to be sitting on it while breastfeeding, rather than being in the bed.
- When you have co-sleeper, it’s hard to get out of the bed (you need to scotch down).
- If/when you need, you can easily move bassinets to other rooms; even when your baby is sleeping in it. Which is not possible with co-sleepers.
I know so many people are very happy with their co-sleepers so there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ decision this one. You can check various products’ amazon reviews and have more idea about the co-sleepers and first hand experience notes from many people (which I do all the time).
Here are some example co-sleepers. Hope you will like the collection: