With three kids under eight and a busy lifestyle, if anyone understands the importance of a good sleep it’s definitely, Kourtney Kardashian.
Kourtney, 38, has revealed her trick to get the kids sleeping through the night.
Quite simply, co-sleeping.
The mum of three, sons, Reign Aston, 3, Mason Dash, 8, and daughter Penelope Scotland, 5, with her on-again-off-again partner Scott Disick has shared,
“Getting the kids to sleep through the night in my home was different for each individual child.”
“When I had Mason, co-sleeping kind of happened naturally. It’s what worked for all of us to get the most sleep, so I quickly embraced it.”
“I also used certain things like a portable crib and bassinet, which gave me more peace of mind,” she added.
Once their second child came along, the couple made a few adjustments and began to follow the co-sleeping style by Dr. Sears in The Attachment Parenting Book.
“During this time, Mason was also sleeping most nights in my bed,” she added. “We made it work and I really just followed his lead for when we both felt he was ready to sleep in his room.” However, son Reign was totally different to her other children. “Reign was the other one who has always slept in his own bed. We didn’t use any sleep-training methods for him. By 2 1/2, he started sleeping through the whole night without waking up,” she wrote.
“Before, he would wake up a few times during the night and need a little back rub to get back to sleep. Sometimes he would fall back to sleep on his own too, so I really just felt things out as a mum.”
“With co-sleeping, I didn’t have to get up out of bed to get the kids back to sleep whenever they woke during the night,” she continued.
“It was easier when one of the kids woke up, since I was right there. Co-sleeping just ended up feeling like we all got more sleep. Also as a working mum, if I didn’t have much time with the kids during the day, at least I knew we’d have the evening together as a family.”
Her best advice? Listen to your child’s needs.
“Every kid is different, so if it works for you and your family, that’s the most important thing!”
SIDS and Kids recommend how to Sleep your Baby Safely:
1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side
2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered
3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after
4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day
5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult caregiver for the first six to twelve months
How can I make co-sleeping safe? via BabyCenter
Make sure your mattress is firm
Keep the bedding light and minimal
Never sleep on a sofa with your baby
Keep your baby warm, not hot, and dress him lightly for sleep
Don’t let your baby and toddler sleep next to each other in bed.
When is co-sleeping not safe?
Because of the increased risk of cot death, you shouldn’t co-sleep if:
•You or your partner smoke.
•Your baby was premature or had a low birth weight.
•You or your partner have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medication or drugs. This may affect your memory and you could forget that your baby is in your bed and roll over onto him. You may also sleep so soundly that you are unaware that you’ve rolled on to him.
•You are extremely tired, or have a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnoea. You may be in such a deep sleep that you don’t wake up if you roll onto your baby.
SIDS recently stated that infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents for at least the first six months of their lives.
The new guidelines also encourage skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible after birth to help prevent SIDS.
They emphasize the importance of placing infants on their back for EVERY sleep, naptime or night time, at home, at grandma’s, at day care and placing babies in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress, without pillows, soft/loose blankets, bumper pads, or other soft objects, in mother’s/parent’s room close to her bed.
Do you find co-sleeping is the best choice for your family?
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