A dad has asked if co-sleeping with your baby is ever acceptable after listening to the constant debate around the issue…
Taking to Reddit’s parenting forum, a new dad has asked if it is ever ok to co-sleep with your baby as his seven-month-old son has stopped sleeping through the night. The dad says that the constant debate around the issue has made him and his wife feel uncomfortable bringing it up with their doctor but that the current situation means no one in the house is getting a good nights sleep.
Every Single Night
The dad says their son has begun to wake up crying many times during the night. “Our son is seven months old and has been sleeping 7am-6pm for the past month or so,” he wrote. “In the last few days, he has been waking up many times every night crying. (My wife) suggested that we put him in our bed so he can sleep (but) the doctor suggested we don’t pick him up, unless his nappy needs changing, during the night.”
After checking that there was no health problem behind the ongoing sleep disturbance, the dad says that they tried absolutely everything to solve the problem. “We’ve tried to go into his room, take his hand until he falls back to sleep,” he wrote. “Also tried picking him up to rock him to sleep, same result.”
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The dad says that at this stage, co-sleeping seems like the only viable option. “Is there something wrong in putting him in our bed when he’s woken up a few times during the night to allow me to get a bit of sleep before going to work and my wife to have a bit of sleep before baby is ready to get up for the day?
Taking A Risk
NSW Health issued a document titled Safe Sleep For Newborns – FAQs About Co-Sleeping back in 2016, highlighting the potential risks of the practice.
“Co-sleeping increases the risk of sudden unexpected death in infants for all babies, but this does not mean that all babies who co-sleep will die,” the document reads. “It is important to continue to reduce the risk for babies whenever possible by placing a baby in their own safe sleeping space.”
Comments on the dad’s post, however, revealed that many parents still believe it can be a useful technique to cope with sleep disturbance. “Yes, bring that baby into bed and get some sleep,” one commenter said. “Nothing wrong with it at all,” said another. “Just focus on the here and now and do whatever will get your family the most sleep.”
Do you think it is ever ok to co-sleep with your baby? Let us know in the comments.
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