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Sleeping with your baby doesn't only have advantages ! Mom sleeping with newborn

 A study shows that the practice of "co-sleeping", if it reduces the risk of cot death, disrupts the mother's sleep with newbo...

 A study shows that the practice of "co-sleeping", if it reduces the risk of cot death, disrupts the mother's sleep with newborn.

Up to six months, co-sleeping is recommended, but in a crib next to the parents' bed and not in the bed itself. Viacheslav Lopatin/scaliger - Fotolia
Up to six months, co-sleeping is recommended, but in a crib next to the parents' bed and not in the bed itself. 

Sleeping in the same room as your newborn is recommended by pediatricians to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and give breastfeeding a better chance. This choice does not harm the infant's sleep, but it has a negative impact on the mother's sleep, according to an Israeli study published in September in the journal Sleep Medicine .

Researchers recruited 153 couples expecting their first child to participate in the study. They examined their night-time activity before birth, at three months and at six months. "Mothers were instructed to keep a diary of all their waking hours for five nights in a row," says Liat Tikotzky, a psychology researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. These data were supplemented by objective measurements, taken with a device that records movements during sleep.

More maternal awakenings

Each family also indicated where the infant slept. At three months of age, 76% of babies spent the night in their parents' room - including a handful in the same bed. At six months, 50% were still in that room.

Comparison of night-time measurements showed that closeness to the newborn is associated with more disturbed maternal sleep. In the shared room, women woke up more often (3 wakings, compared to 2 for mothers sleeping alone), stayed awake about 20 minutes longer, and periods of uninterrupted sleep were shorter (about 136 minutes versus 166 minutes). These results take into account confounding factors, such as breastfeeding, which is often associated with more chaotic maternal sleep, or possible mood disorders.

"Greater vigilance"

"It is interesting to note that co-sleeping mothers reported more waking up their babies, while no difference was confirmed by objective measurements," says Liat Tikotzky. Head of the breastfeeding group at the French Association of Outpatient Pediatrics, Dr. Marc Pilliot is not surprised by these results: "The closeness to the child leads to greater vigilance on the part of the mother. In addition, babies can be quite noisy during certain phases of their sleep".

But the pediatrician specifies that the sleep of a nursing mother, even if it is shortened, is "much more restorative thanks to the effects of hormones". Above all, proximity allows the infant to regulate his breathing to that of his mother, creating additional conditions of safety. It has been proven that keeping the child close to you reduces the risk of cot death. According to the latest recommendations, the baby should sleep until the age of six months in a crib next to the parents' bed, without lint, pillow or bumper, in a smoke-free room with a temperature not exceeding 20 degrees.

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