How Co-sleepers Do It…

by Birth Without Fear on December 7, 2011

Here are more pictures of BWF Families cosleeping! Before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, you can read more about safe cosleeping suggestions here. If you don’t like what you see, keep it to yourself. Everyone else…enjoy!

Mother fills in a missing ingredient.

“In the early months, much of a baby’s night is spent in active sleep—the state in which babies are most easily aroused. As we discussed previously, this state may “protect” the infant against stop-breathing episodes. From one to six months, the time of primary concern about SIDS, the percentage of active sleep decreases, and quiet, or deeper, sleep increases. More deep sleep means that babies start to sleep through the night. That’s the good news.

The concern, however, is that as baby learns to sleep deeper, it is more difficult for him to arouse when there is an apnea episode, and the risk of SIDS increases. By six months, the baby’s cardiopulmonary regulating system has matured enough that the breathing centers in the brain are better able to restart breathing, even in deep sleep. But there is a vulnerable period between one and six months when the sleep is deepening, yet the compensatory mechanisms are not yet mature.

During the time baby is at risk, mother fills in. In fact, mother sleeps like a baby until the baby is mature enough to sleep like an adult. That warm body next to baby acts as a breathing pacemaker, sort of reminding baby to breathe, until the baby’s self-start mechanisms can handle the job on their own.” ~Dr. Sears

Pictures!

This was sent in by Rain and she said, “This is my client, Danna Lewis, and her little girl who I was a doula for at her birth. She gave me permission to share. I was raised in a cosleeping family and I’m pro-cosleeping as long as the parent isn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol as I think that’s why most of the cosleeping tragedies happen. Also, if someone is taking a picture than obviously there is an adult awake in the home. Anyway, I think it’s absolutely adorable, but maybe I’m a little biased because I was there when she was born.”

I love Rebecca’s pics. I have used an insert like this for babies. Can help a cosleeper feel a little safer.

Kim sent these in of her hubby and daughter. “My loves on Valentines day. Lillie is 27 months now and has been sleeping in our bed since day one…she was born at home.  I was a pediatric ICU nurse before having her…I should really know better! ;) Ha!”

Sent in by Brittany…

“I couldn’t pick just one or two to send.  I love all of these pics of my hubby co-sleeping with our little man.  I also included Grandma co-sleeping, well…co-napping! In all of the pics except the one where he is smiling, Kieran was about a week old.  In the smiling pic, he was nearly a month old.  Too cute, if I do say so myself!” ~Susan

I couldn’t pick just one either Susan! ~Mrs. BWF

Wanna talk about supermom?!!! Celeste is cosleeping and tandem nursing her 2 year old and 3 month old…

…and here are all her precious babies…

Siblings cosleeping…

Another BWF Mama shares this one of baby and Papa…

Zabrina and her baby are just gorgeous resting together.

Here is her baby with Daddy…

“The first picture was taken a couple of years ago with my husband and my two older kids. The second picture I took about three weeks ago of my husband and our new little VBA2C baby when she was one day old.” ~Mandy

Melissa’s pic will make you smile!

Rachel, “My husband Tucker & our 2 girls Annelyse 2.5 years, & Sophelia 2 months.”

Sibling love…

Kylie and 8 day old Aubrey…

“The tiny bundle by her side stirred a little, and though it was scarcely more then the ruffling of a feather, she awoke; for the mother-ear is so close to the heart that it can hear the faintest whisper of a child.” — Kate Douglas Wiggin

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