Is Co-sleeping good for me or my baby?

 

Co-sleeping can be a controversial discussion and there are many researches supporting or against it.  The truth is co-sleeping works for some families and doesn’t work for others.  Parents may decide what they prefer after experiencing it.   Some of the pros and cons listed below can be a reference:

 

PROS

Bed-sharing promotes skin-to-skin contact which has been shown to reduce physiological stress of infant, fewer wakeups and strengthened the bonding between parent and baby.

 

Some studies suggest that co-sleeping babies have less anxiety and higher self-esteem.

 

Infants who bed-share have more stable temperatures, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone.

Some parents may have better and longer sleep as they feel saver to have their baby aside and no need to leave their own bed to check on baby.

 

CONS

Studies show that room-sharing (not co-sleeping) reduce this risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by as much as 50%.

 

Pillows, blankets, soft mattresses etc found on an adult bed increase the risk of suffocation.

 

There is a chance babies can be injured by parents that move or roll over in their sleep.

 

Transitioning from co-sleeping with parents to sleeping alone in a crib can cause anxiety.  Some studies suggest that co-sleeping can create a more dependent child.

 

**Source : by Christina Alario, www.nestedbean.com

我是否應該跟BB一起睡呢?

 

相信有很多家長都會有疑問,跟寶寶一起睡,是否一個正確做法 。其實這裡沒有一個確實答案,因為同床睡有其好處及壞處,在這裡跟大家簡單分享一下:

 

好處

父母與寶寶會有很親密的肌膚接觸,研究指出這樣有助舒緩寶寶的緊張情緒,令他們睡得更穩,減小半夜醒床的次數,亦可增進兩者的連繫感。

 

亦有學者認為,與父母同床的BB,其焦慮感會降低,擁有
較高的自信心。

 

與獨睡的寶寶比較,跟父母同睡的寶寶,會有較穩定的體溫, 規侓的心跳,穩定呼吸,中間突然較長的停頓較小。

 

對一部份父母來說,他們可能會有較好的睡眠質素或時間
較長,因為他們不需起床去查看寶寶。

 

壞處

研究指出寶寶與父母或較大的兄姊同床而睡,嬰兒猝死症(SIDS)發生的機會率比同房睡(不是同床)可高至50%.

 

成人床上用品如枕頭,被,太軟的床褥都會增加嬰兒窒息
機會。

 

當成人睡覺時有機會因移動而弄傷寶寶。

 

當寶寶開始長大,父母想讓他們獨睡時,寶寶容易產生分離焦慮,會有一個較困難的過渡時期,研究亦發現與父母同床睡的BB,獨立性較低。

**資料來源 : by Christina Alario, www.nestedbean.com