We have our room set up with a crib on one wall and our full-size bed on the other. Most nights we share our bed with little Anders. Although I’d like to have more space to sleep without his little suckerfish attached to me, I quite enjoy waking up to his happy little face every morning.
As I’ve mentioned several times our mattress totally sucks. Throughout my pregnancy I was constantly stiff and in pain. Sometimes I couldn’t even get out of bed without assistance, and that followed me into these few months postpartum. When Invigo offered me a chance to sleep more comfortably I jumped on it.
Most people will tell you not to use a mattress topper with a baby in the bed. I’m here to tell you that just because you, like me, feel like your bed needs an extra layer doesn’t mean you can’t co-sleep. I’ve provided some tips below to make your journey to a better night’s sleep safe and comfortable for everyone involved.
Sleep With Baby Next to Mama
I hate to make dads feel like the lesser parent, but there is no doubt that a mother has more instinct when it comes to her children. My fiance is actually a really deep sleeper. He never hears the baby cry at night and I have to yell anytime I need him to wake up. So I sleep in the middle. I have an extra foot of space from the edge and Anders sleeps either on my arm or just below it (my arm acts as a kind of rainbow of protection over his head). Make sure your sleeping arrangement leaves enough space from the edge to allow plenty of room for the baby to move around at night. You know how they like to wiggle.
Do Not Go to Bed Under the Influence
Drugs (even one prescribed to you) and alcohol greatly interfere with your judgement and ability to wake up should a situation occur between you and your sleeping baby. Keep tabs on both your tolerance level and metabolism during date night to ensure that you can lay down with your baby safely. Do not let anyone who has been drinking ro doing drugs sleep next to your baby.
Choose the Right Mattress or Topper
The firmer the mattress the better. However, there are special cases like ours where the mattress just isn’t cutting it. It can be safe to use a topper, but keep in mind a mattress topper more than 2 inches thick can make the sleeping surface way to soft for a baby with awesome survival skills. Any more than 2 inches isn’t really necessary for functionality anyways. Invigo has lots of great mattresses and toppers to choose from. Their toppers are made of 100% natural latex, an environmentally sustainable product that offers wonderfully long-lasting comfort. My all-latex mattress topper also works to capture and destroy common household odors while also offering protection against stains and bacteria.
Track Your Baby’s Milestones
Does your baby have good head control? Can he roll over? These are things you should look for when considering using a mattress topper for your family bed. Most people will tell you that around 3 months a baby is mobile enough to prevent sleeping in a position that could harm him. He will most likely move when airways get blocked and wiggle if he’s sinking in one direction.
Follow Your Gut
If you don’t feel comfortable bedsharing the don’t. If you feel like your baby sinks too much, save the topper for another day. This advice works the other way around, too. If you’re completely confident in your choice to have your baby with you while you sleep, then don’t let anyone scare you out of it. Co-sleeping reduces the risk of SIDS while ensuring efficient rest for everyone. And as a bonus mornings are filled with cute, happy faces!
We love co-sleeping and wouldn’t have it any other way. Hopefully I’ve helped shed some light on the subject and your family can also sleep safe and sound!
Do you co-sleep? Do you bedshare?
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