Your Cosleepers Guide for No-Fuss Bed Sharing (Part 1)
Latest fact check: July 10, 2018
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
Are you convinced cosleepers? Or only accidentally have baby in with you?
Either way let's have a look at some
easy no-fuss ways to share the family bed in all safety and
Rearranging your own bedroom or use a bedside cosleeper, a
snuggle nest or a co sleeping
pad ... which one will be your best option?
A quick personal remark first, because many of you may recognize it. Like
many young parents, we had not originally prepared for cosleeping. But
we did so occasionally - after yet another night feed, loads of times ...
And it was really helpful (more sleep for all, and no trouble self
soothing in own crib later on) but I must admit I wasn't really
It didn't feel safe and I wasn't
comfortably ... if only I had known that there are solutions other than
just put her down next to me and
doesn't get covered under my blanket
So that's what this cosleepers
guide is about: to show you that there are easy options that
make cosleeping safe, whether you do it consistently or just every now
There are advantages in ease and practicality
for each of the option. It all depends on your current situation and
Price plays an important role too. While it is
not always so, in this case the most comfortable solutions tend to be
more expensive too.
Let me list and discuss from lower to higher price:
For each of the solutions, your main concern should be safety. So
please, please always follow all cosleepers
your bedroom and bedding
This is the cheapest cosleepers solution. The idea is to cosleep-proof your
bedroom. This means to make sure your little one can not fall out, has
space and there is no risk for her to get stuck under the covers, or
Some ideas to temporarily convert
your bed to a family bed:
- Remove your bed base and put the mattress on the floor, if
possible positioned against a wall.
- As in the picture, baby sleeps higher
You just slide upward
- Avoid a gap between mattress and
wall where she could get stuck (tightly stuff a blanket or towels if
necessary). Or even safer, use a bed rail
- Alternatively, put an extra mattress next to yours for your
child: she'll have
her own space and still be close to you for feeding and comfort.
- Wear a warm top yourself, and have her in a sleeping bag or wearable
blanket. Then you can have your covers, well fixed, low so
they cannot slide up and cover baby.
2 of the Cosleepers Guide: more ideas for safe and comfy cosleeping