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Parenting Tips: Pros & Cons of Co-Sleeping With Your Baby

by Nicole Etolen

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Co-sleeping with your baby or child is a controversial topic in many parenting tips forums. Some moms are all for it, claiming it is the healthiest option for everyone. Others feel it is dangerous for babies and a bane to marital relations. As with most parenting issues, there are both pros and cons to co-sleeping. With research studies coming down on both sides, it’s hard to figure out who “wins” the debate and offers the best parenting tips!

Parenting Tips: Pros & Cons of Co-Sleeping With Your Baby
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First, though, let me tell you a little story. As many of you know, my son was born premature. He came home from the hospital weighing a whopping 4 lbs. He had to grow into preemie clothes! He was also hooked up to a portable monitor to alert me if he stopped breathing. Co-sleeping was not an option I felt comfortable with. I was terrified I’d roll over onto my tiny baby. The blood pressure medication I took to get my BP back under control after dealing with preeclampsia made me so sleepy and listless. So co-sleeping was not something I was comfortable with. Still, I can see the validity of both the pros and the cons of co-sleeping with your baby.

Parenting Tips: Pros & Cons of Co-Sleeping With Your Baby
My itty-bitty preemie in his bassinet.

Since I wanted to hear both sides, we asked our fans & friends on Facebook to give us their take on the subject. Check out their responses!

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Pros of Co-Sleeping with Your Baby

Parenting tips experts often cite numerous pros of co-sleeping to support their side. I have to admit, they present an excellent case!

Parenting Tips: Pros  of Co-Sleeping With Your Baby
The potential benefits of co-sleeping with your baby.

Cons of Co-Sleeping with Your Baby

Parenting Tips:Cons of Co-Sleeping With Your Baby
Potential downsides of co-sleeping.

Safer co-sleeping with your baby

If you decide that co-sleeping is for you, it’s important to realize that it’s not as simple as just plopping your baby in the middle of your bed and going to sleep. Check out these safety tips for co-sleeping with your baby.

Co-sleeping with your baby can be a beneficial sleep arrangement for both parents and babies. Like all parenting tips, though, it’s really up to you to decide what works out best for your family. Letting your baby sleep in his own room isn’t going to cause any lifelong damage. If you’re not comfortable with co-sleeping for any reason, don’t let anyone try to tell you that you’re “hurting” your baby. Millions of adults slept in their own beds and rooms as infants and didn’t grow up to become serial killers.

What are your thoughts on co-sleeping with your baby? Do you think the benefits outweigh the cons?

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