Reasons why Co-sleepers are a lifesaver.
As a mom and a business owner, I really, really struggled to cope with the night feeds of both my children. Waking up every 3 hours to feed, was my ultimate challenge.
I never had enough energy to get through my day and consequently, my business started to suffer.
I would wake up, go to the nursery, pick my daughter up and sit down in my rocker to feed her.
Lights were on and we were cold.
Needless to say, we struggled to fall asleep after the feeding session.
Mikayla then also realized that she was wet and then I had to change her nappy and sometimes even all her clothing and so forth and so forth
A 30 – 45-minute feed became a 60 to 90-minute feed. The pure psychological effect of knowing that I have to wake up in 3 hours again, 3 hours that just became 2 hours, was HUGE!
After spending many hours of thinking of solutions, I finally came up with the idea of a co-sleeper on wheels. I needed to stay warm in my bed, with no lights to wake us up, she needed to stay warm even when she had a wet nappy.
I needed a solution and I found one!
I designed the ultimate co-sleeper. It was perfect. It was an extension of my bed but next to my bed. No more getting up in the middle of the night for me or having her sleeping on top of my chest after a feed.
We were going to get some serious rest!
What a change this meant to me! I felt like a human being again, got my personality back, and had enough energy for my day and my business.
My co-sleeper has it all. Four sides that can close so that I can use it as a crib on wheels during the day. Four brakes so that even with dogs and toddlers, nobody can move it.
Best of all it has an adjustable base and adjustable legs. It works with any bed! I then kitted my co-sleepers out with breathable small mattresses and specially cut fitted sheets.
Done and dusted.
The only catch was that it was super expensive and I found she only used it for like 4 months.
This is the reason why I decided to manufacture a few and then rather rent them to my clients.
Now, this is a cost-saving idea!
- Height adjustable
- Side panel to fold down or that can be locked into position
- Space saving
- Encourages emotional bonding with baby
- On wheels with brakes, thus it can be moved easily
- Well ventilated
“Babies should sleep in their parent’s room for the first 6 months, or better yet, until their first birthday.
New statistics say room-sharing can lower the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) by as much as 50%. “– says The American Academy of Paediatrics.
Another reason you should not share your bed with your baby is that it increases the risk of your child’s breathing that could get cut off.
Therefore, a separate sleeping area that attaches to your bed is necessary for your baby.
This could be anything from a co-sleeper, crib to a bassinet.
Make sure these items are well ventilated and have breathable mattresses.
Your co-sleeper or crib should only have your baby inside of it. Remove any cute toys, cot bumpers, cot braids, pillows, or blankets.
Regarding your mattress, make sure it is firm with a tight fitted sheet.
If your baby is ready to take a nap or sleep, make sure you place them in their co-sleeper or crib for them to associate that space with their sleeping environment.
Try and avoid putting them in an activity toy such as a bouncer, rocker, swing, or even the couch for sleep time.
When placing babies inside of their safe sleeping space, make sure you put them on their backs.
Infants are less likely to choke if they are on their back and will be able to cough out or swallow anything they spit up.
Now that you know where and when to place the baby for sleep time, what about the baby? What should they wear?
For sleep time, it is best that they wear a one-piece sleeper. Don’t use a swaddle blanket to put them to bed.
Find out more on safe sleeping for infants here: Keep Baby Safe From SIDS and Other Sleep Risks (webmd.com)
Information is courtesy of: Keep Baby Safe From SIDS and Other Sleep Risks (webmd.com)