What is Co-sleeping?

What is co-sleeping?
Co-Sleeping is a term used to describe a separate, safe sleeping surface for the baby, next to the babies parents, enhancing all aspects of development. Co-Sleeping provides a safe alternative to the practice of bedsharing, which has many documented risks.

Co-sleeping is not bedsharing. Bedsharing is the practice of having baby sleep on the same mattress or sleeping surface, often between both mum and dad. 80% of infants will share a bed with at least one parent in the first six months of their life. Using the Arm's Reach® Co-Sleeper® bassinet is a much safer alternative for your baby and will give you better peace of mind.

Why is co-sleeping important?
Your baby sleeps near mum (and dad) safely in an Arm's Reach® Co-Sleeper® bassinet attached to the parents bed. Remember- It's not the room that's protective, co-sleeping provides the necessary warmth and interaction between a mother and her infant. 

The unique combination of safety and closeness allows your baby an independent sleeping situation without sacrificing the closeness of co-sleeping, making the transition to a crib or bed that much easier when the time comes. Co-Sleeping safely is priority number one, and the Co-Sleeper provides a secure sleeping environment to enjoy all the benefits of co-sleeping while reducing most of the risk associated with bed-sharing.

What are the benefits of co-sleeping?
Benefits for the Mother:
-       More sleep and increased nightly satisfaction
-       Increased sensitivity to infant's physiological-social needs
-       Increased comfort with and ability to interpret behavioral clues
-       Increased nursing maintains milk supply

Benefits for your Baby:
-       Increased breast feeding
-       Increased sleep duration and quality
-       Less crying time
-       Increased sensitivity to mother's communication

What is the relationship between S.I.D.S and Co-sleeping?
Cultures where parents commonly Co-Sleep with their babies have the lowest rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, S.I.D.S., in the world, while cultures where parents do not commonly sleep with their babies have the highest rate of S.I.D.S.. Current studies are starting to draw a correlation between S.I.D.S. and babies who sleep in rooms by themselves. The evidence suggests that some infants may fall into abnormally deep sleep and "forget to breathe". With a baby at arm's reach, parents are easily alerted to abnormal breathing or other signals of distress that may be missed if the baby were in a separate room.

Can Co-sleeping be dangerous?
Co-Sleeping can be accomplished by having a baby sleep in a bed that attaches to the parent's bed in such a way as to allow parental access while preventing the baby from rolling out and into the parent's bed or parent rolling into the bassinet. The Arm's Reach® CO-SLEEPER® brand bassinet is a product that accomplishes this goal.

Why is Co-sleeping good for breastfeeding?
Co-Sleeping is beneficial for breast feeding mothers and infants. When the infant is in close proximity to the nursing mother, a simple sound from the baby can cause the mother's milk to flow. Co-Sleeping allows a mother to nurse her infant "upon demand" and according to many physicians this is better for baby and also stimulates the lactation process that results in a strong and normal milk production from the mother.

What is bonding and how does Co-Sleeping enhance the human bonding process?
Bonding is a natural process that occurs between newborn babies and their parents. The bonding process is naturally strongest between mother and baby in the earliest part of the baby's life for the simple reason that it is the mother who is most often near the baby providing warmth, food and security. It is natural to assume that bonding is enhanced between parent and child when there is increased time spent in close proximity to one another as in Co-Sleeping.