The benefits of bedsharing

The programme honours the work of Prof’s Helen Ball & James McKenna and looks at how bedsharing can help the mother to deal with nighttime feeds and the benefits and safety issues of sharing a bed with a baby. Visit North American customers should visit

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    • lifescholar

      That’s fantastic. Great demonstrations!!

      I couldn’t function if I was getting out of bed all night to feed my infant, even though he was in his crib right next to my bed! Bringing him into bed with me made life so much easier, and I could nurse him in my sleep!

      Now, at 20 months, he sleeps very well, puts himself to sleep, and only wakes once, if at all. If he does, I bring him into bed with me until we wake up. Sometimes, he will sleep the whole night through.

    • DiaMichels

      We’ve always slept with our kids. Most breastfeeding mothers around the world sleep with their babies. When a baby sleeps separate from her mother, she responds to her baby’s needs in minutes; when bedsharing, she responds in seconds, reducing stress on the baby and ensuring less disruption to everyone’s sleep. I love watching how moms respond to their baby’s needs—even when they are asleep!

    • s1sbd

      Its so lovely to sleep snuggled up with your baby and toddler. My little girl is almost 3 and has always slept with us. She’s now asking for her own bed and I’m so happy she’s had the secure start of knowing she’s always welcome close to us.

    • Phoenix8500

      This video is great, shame it wasnt longer.
      I co-sleep/sleep share with my daughter, now 8 months.

      She has cried in the night on just 4 occasions in 8 months (due to wind/bad dream etc).
      I know I wake at her first fidgetting, long before she gets to crying.

    • geezlouisestaci

      I would rather cuddle with my baby but I get worried about the SIDs or whatever or rolling over on him.

    • scy2200j

      Cosleeping reduces the risk of SIDS significantly. Research has shown that mothers instinctively wake up when the baby experiences apnea (stops breathing). It is also highly unlikely that you will roll over your baby without knowing. Try sleeping with a raw egg… you’ll find it’s still intact in the morning! That’s because your mind knows it’s there even when you’re asleep. Of course, do not take sleeping pills or get drunk if you plan to cosleep!

    • mamoda

      How come when a baby dies in his/her parents bed it is assumed that if the baby was alone in a crib they would still be alive. But when a baby dies alone in a crib they do not suggest that that baby could be alive had they been safe in there mamma’s bed.

      It is to bad fear mongering is used to keep parents from doing what comes naturally.

    • clearwaterjjs

      I had my babies sleep in bed with me almost right after birth. I always had them up on my arm with there head on my arm pit. I feel every movement and wake up instantly. I breastfeed. Never had any problems with babies sleeping with me.

    • angelfalling14

      More children die from SIDS (cot death, that means dying alone in their crib because of a stop breathing episode) than do in bed with their parents. Yet every time one dies its in the news but every time one dies in a cot the media shrugs and goes “ah yeah, SIDS, can’t stop it”. Co-sleeping dramatically reduces the risk of SIDS. Parents who intentionally co-sleep are normally parents who co-sleep safely.

    • Tarasaccount

      This is fantastic. There are safe ways to co-sleep and unsafe ways: it’s that simple. As in the recent case in Salt Lake City, it was unsafe, with tragic, horrifying results. I love co-sleeping and am so glad I have done it.

    • MrsMommyMarlett

      I love this. Glad someone posted this. I have a co-sleeper right next to my bed. Would love to have my daughter sleep in the bed with me and my hubby, but we both move around in our sleep to much for that. There is another anyway other then having a co-sleeper next to your bed. I found this like little crib type thing that goes in the middle of the adult bed. It has railings to keep to adults from rolling ontop of the baby and to keep the baby from getting out of the middle of the bed.

    • sabrinamom

      My first daughter (who is 3 1/2 ) slept in our bed for 11 months. It was pure pleasure to just roll over and feed her and we would both fall asleep so well. I used a in bed cosleeper for the first 2 months because my husband was afraid. This time when my baby comes in June, we will simply sleep together and I’ll sleep in the middle so he won’t worry. My daughter sleeps alone with no problems, potty trained well and is articulate. I love cosleeping!

    • Doulatron

      Think about it like this: breastfeeding is a skill that takes a lot of concentration on the part of the baby. When you are doing something that requires a lot of concentration, is it easier to do when you are calm or when you are upset?

      Nobody is going to catch their baby’s cues 100% of the time but co-sleeping really does cut down on the missed cues and therefore increases the chances of breastfeeding success for mom and baby.

    • kardancer1

      people if you want to sleep in the same bed with your baby you need to get a co-sleeper, a bassinet, pack in play or some kind of infant bed cot that sits in the middle of your bed and puts barrier around the baby., there is one buy Summer Infant at babies r us and a kind walmart I know off. Sleeping in the same bed with an infant that tiny is dangerous, my mom works at a hospital, and they had a mom sleep in the same hospital bed with her newborn she rolled over and lost oxygen and died.

    • jptaylorfam

      I get so much more sleep when the baby is in my room. My babes are usually in the bassinet until they are about 2 months old and we have well established BFing, then they start out across the room at bedtime, but end up in my bed by morning.

    • Mom53004

      @kardancer1 I bet anything that mom was recovering from some sort of drug induced stupor… probably had pain killers during labor or c-section and shouldn’t have been allowed to have the baby in the bed with her while sleeping until the drugs wore completely off. It just doesn’t happen in the ‘real world’.

      All 3 of mine slept in the bed with me, up against me and sometimes sprawled across my tummy semi-sideways as they crawl to the breast when they wake hungry for the first several months!

    • kardancer1

      maybe. I really don’t know the exact medical condition she was in, but it was caused the hospital to enforce no bed sharing with newborns.I am pretty sure it’s happened other places and it’s something many hospitals now enforce. Personally I would get something like the summer infant bed co sleeper , that lets the baby be in the bed, but with a moses basket/protective barrier for at least the first few weeks. Their so delicate and helpless.But I do think you have a good point.

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