Cosleepers Guide for No-Fuss Bed Sharing (Part 2)
Latest fact check: July 10, 2018
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
Continued from Part 1 of
the Cosleepers Guide. Find out how to successfully use an in-bed mini
sleeper, a cosleeper pad or the all-rounder bedside cosleeper.
use a sleep
positioner wedge of any kind. These are often delivered with
cosleepers (which I also recommend against). Such a sleep positioner or wedge is supposed to keep an
in the correct position (on the back).
But babies have suffocated after
having rolled over anyway and getting stuck between the positioner or
wedge and the bed side.
So use your sleeper as is, without the positioner. See the CPSC report
A cosleeping pad or bumper will keep
your baby from falling out of your
It is easy to use and very comfortable. Simply place it on your bed, it
usually sticks under your fitted sheet or on top. Your body weight
keeps it in place.
No worries about baby getting stuck - there are no gaps at all.
A good option for this type of cosleepers is the Humanity
Family Bed Co Sleeping Pad (as in the
As always remember to observe all cosleeping
Regardless of the arrangement you have, there should be
no risk of getting stuck, being obstructed from breathing or
becoming too hot.
cosleeper bedside crib
I honestly can't recommend anything more than a true cosleeper
crib. It is a full-fledged crib where your baby sleeps in all safety
She has her own space which is a major help in learning to
But the crib is attached to your bedside so you practically
cosleep: your child is near for feeding, comfort and reassurance (and
lots of sleep!).
reinforce confidence building in a reassured environment which is an
equally important prerequisite for independent sleep later on.
You also both
have all the space you need to sleep safely and comfortably.
Reach Co-Sleeper in the
picture is a good choice for many reasons - see my dedicated
Arm's Reach cosleepers review.
are different brands offering similar models.
Most models can be converted and serve as a standalone
crib and as a
play pen, sometimes a bench.
This keeps you flexible once you want to move your little one to her
And you save on those items then, which makes
up for a good part of the price tag now.
A bedside crib:
without a doubt the best cosleeping solution