To co-sleep, or not to co-sleep...that's a hot, debatable topic these days! Of course, we work with families all over the world, who sleep in a variety of arrangements, so we pass no judgment. We make it our priority to respect every parent's personal philosophies and goals. But we also make it a priority to emphasize the importance of safe sleep practices. And let's face it, when it comes to co-sleeping, there is quite a debate out there about whether or not it's a safe way to sleep.
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Co-sleeping can be a bit of a controversial topic, can't it? Some parents are committed co-sleepers, while others refuse to co-sleep at all (for a variety of reasons). But do you know what? We've learned, in our years of helping sleepless families, that most families don't fall into these two extremes. Instead, we see families who never intended to co-sleep, but who are because it helps everyone get more sleep. We see families who want to co-sleep for a season, but not long-term. For
An article published in USA Today has added fuel to an already-raging fire -- the debate over co-sleeping. The article references a study which found that while the number of SIDS-related deaths has dropped by over 50% in the past two decades (since the introduction of the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1994 began discouraging tummy sleeping), the drop has plateaued recently. What’s more, the number of SIDS-related deaths as a result of co-sleeping is actually on the rise. There’s no doubt
When I was pregnant with my first, I was adamantly against co-sleeping. The reason was that I saw how difficult it was for other parents to get their children out of their bed, months, and years later. Although I knew it was right for some, it wasn't for me. Before you have kids you have all these ideas about how you will do things, but after the baby comes it's a whole new ball game. I did end up co-sleeping with my first baby for about 2 months and with my second for just 3 nights. This
There is no shortage of things to think about when you have a new baby. As a mom and sleep consultant for over 10 years, I'd love to share some wisdom with you as part of your "village." In this post, learn 10 things you should do before and 10 things you should do after you have a baby! 10 Things to do BEFORE You Have a Baby (or soon after, if you already had the baby!) Below are the 10 things to do (ideally) before you have a baby. 1. Build Your Village Gone are the days when we
Knowing where to turn for safe sleep information is challenging! Our family and friends may say to do things one way and have great intentions, but remember that safety recommendations to prevent SIDS (crib death) have changed over time. Always ask your baby's health care provider for safe sleep information pertaining to your unique baby. Here is a list of safe sleep tips we've compiled in an easy-to-read format: Put your baby down to sleep on their BACK for the first year of life. Talk
Most newborns sleep the majority of the day and night, waking only to eat and dirty their diapers. But, is your newborn getting enough sleep a day? What about at night? This post will cover newborn sleep patterns and how long newborns sleep at various times in the day. How Long Do Newborns Sleep a Day? According to the AAP, newborn babies sleep an average of 16 to 17 hours a day over a 24-hour period but usually in 1-2 hour segments. And, according to The National Sleep Foundation,