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Baby Sleep Training: The Dr. Sears Sleep Method (page 2)

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Updated on Jul 19, 2012

Implementation

If the idea of keeping your baby at arm's length sounds attractive to you, make sure that you keep safety in mind at all times. Here are some tips to ensure that you have a positive and healthy experience with co-sleeping.

  • Arrange for a separate sleep environment. Soft surfaces like an adult bed piled high with blankets are inappropriate for your little one's sleep environment. Since they could pose a suffocation risk, it's best to invest in a co-sleeper crib, which attaches to the side of your bed. That way, your little dreamer is nearby, but safe in her own space.
  • Never take sleep aids or alcohol while co-sleeping. The British Medical Journal study found that when conditions were hostile, SIDS claimed the lives of more babies. Taking sleep aids or drinking alcohol before bed could render you less responsive, which could become a fatal problem if you were to roll onto your baby or not place her back in her co-sleeper after a feeding.
  • Expect a degree of attachment. When your baby sleeps in your bed, she inhales your scent, listens to your sounds and basically learns to depend on you being close by at all times. This could make it difficult when transitioning to a separate crib or if it were necessary to use a babysitter. However, Sears contends that this level of attachment is healthy and is a sign that you're forging a strong bond with your little one.

Kulich gives excellent advice to parents considering co-sleeping: "While attachment parenting is certainly a valid option for some parents, make sure you read the fine print and are completely committed to parent this way in the context of your family's 'real world.'" Co-sleeping is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a sleep training method, so make sure both you and your partner are on board the S.S. Attachment!

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