I want to sleep close to my three-month-old baby because I’ve read so much about the benefits of co-sleeping. Yet, when he snuggles next to me I don’t seem to sleep as well. Any suggestions?
There seems to be a critical sleeping distance at which both mothers and babies sleep the best. Sleeping too far apart or too close together may stimulate one or both members of the sleep- sharing pair to awaken more frequently. Try this compromise. Purchase a co-sleeper (a crib-like infant bed that attaches safely and securely to the side of your bed). A cosleeper puts you and your baby within arm’s reach for close touching and nursing distance to one another, yet gives you and your baby just enough space that you both may awaken less frequently. (The cosleeper we recommend is the Arm’s Reach® Co-sleeper® bassinet , available at nearly all infant-furniture stores. For the outlet nearest you, see www.armsreach.com.)