A co-sleeper is a trend of recent years. Co-sleeping has been popular in the non-Western culture for years, in contrast to the non-Western world. Co-sleeping can contribute to your baby's brain development. Sleeping together with your baby has many more benefits, so read more about the benefits of a co-sleeper in this blog.
What is a co sleeper?
A co-sleeper is a crib that you can use both as a separate crib, but also as a trundle bed. You then attach the co-sleeper to your own bed with safety straps. There is an upright side between the parental bed and the co-sleeper, which you can lower so that you can easily reach your baby. That makes it ideal for feeding your baby at night. The co-sleeper is a beautiful and practical solution to have your baby close to you during the first months, while your baby is safe in his or her own bed.
Benefits of co-sleeper
Co-sleeping can therefore make a positive contribution to the brain development of your baby. It is also ideal if you have just given birth, because as a mother you do not always have to get out of bed to feed or comfort your baby. In addition to these benefits, there are others benefits of the co-sleeper:
- It promotes bonding between mother and child.
- Attachment contributes to emotional, social and cognitive development of the brain.
- It makes your baby less crying.
- Babies who sleep alone in a room are twice as likely to die from SIDS than children who sleep with their parents.
- Mother and child fall asleep faster.
- It helps newborn babies regulate breathing and heartbeat.
- Your baby recognizes your scent so that he or she feels safe.
Co-sleepers come in all shapes and sizes. With most co-sleepers it is possible to fold down the open side adjacent to the parental bed for feeding your baby. With some co-sleepers it is even possible to tilt the cot so that your baby lies with its head up. This is very useful if your baby suffers from reflux, for example. It is important that when you go to sleep you put the side of the trundle bed up again. This prevents your baby from rolling into the parental bed. We rent out three types of co-sleepers:
- Co-sleeper Bednest The Bednest is a co-sleeper, freestanding crib, Moses basket and carrycot in one. This Bednest is made of high-quality beech wood and the sides are transparent and permeable to air. The legs and the bassinet are two separate parts, so you can easily lift and move it. It is also possible to tilt the crib. This is useful when your baby suffers from Reflux or when your baby has a cold. The sides of the Bednest can be easily removed and washed in the washing machine. In addition, you can attach the crib to the parental bed and easily disconnect it again. The only drawback is that the Bednest is relatively heavy as a carrycot.
- Chicco Next2Me Magic - 's crib/co-sleeper Chicco Next2Me Magic can be used as a freestanding bassinet and as a co-sleeper. With this co-sleeper you can spend peaceful nights together with your baby. The co-sleeper is practical and can be opened and closed with one hand. As soon as you press the button, the sliding panel automatically slides down. This makes it ideal for grabbing and feeding your baby at night. Chicco Next2Me Magic can easily be converted from a fixed position to a rocking position to reassure your baby and rock it to sleep. The only drawback of this co-sleeper is the design, which is slightly less beautiful than the others.
- Co-sleeper Lily van Petite Amélie - The Petite Amélie co-sleeper can be placed separately or directly next to the parental bed. The co-sleeper is made of European solid pine wood. You can easily open and close the gate by hand. In addition, the bassinet has wheels at the bottom, so you can move it easily. The maximum lying height of this co-sleeper is 64 cm, which makes it very suitable for placing it next to a high box spring. This co-sleeper does have a few drawbacks: it only has three height positions, the co-sleeper cannot be tilted and it is not suitable for taking with you.
A disadvantage is that the co-sleeper slightly less safe than a crib or cot, because you can forget to put the side back when you go to sleep. There is then the danger that your baby will roll into your bed. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent this:
- Rather use a co-sleeper where it is possible to replace the side wall. Some co-sleepers have no side wall at all on one side.
- Make sure that the co-sleeper can be securely attached to the bed.
- Switch to a crib as soon as your baby starts to roll.
When is your baby too big for a co-sleeper?
A co-sleeper is no longer safe once your baby can roll over or sit on its own, which is usually when your baby is 6 months old. It is therefore advisable to remove the co-sleeper as soon as your baby can roll over on its own to avoid danger. You can then switch to a cot.