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How do I handle potential objections or concerns from my pediatrician or healthcare provider about co-sleeping with my baby?

Hello everyone,

I am a new mom and am considering co-sleeping with my baby. However, I am aware that my pediatrician or healthcare provider might have objections or concerns regarding this practice. I want to know how I can handle these objections and still make an informed decision about co-sleeping. I am specifically looking for any personal experiences or tips that people may have regarding this matter. Thank you.

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sstamm

Hello,

I am a new mom like yourself and I completely understand where you're coming from. I had the same concerns when I first considered co-sleeping with my newborn baby. However, after researching and speaking to other parents who had similar experiences, I felt more informed and confident in my decision to co-sleep.

When I brought up co-sleeping to my pediatrician, he did have some concerns about safety and emphasized the importance of following guidelines such as placing the baby on their back to sleep and avoiding loose bedding. He also stressed the importance of having a safe co-sleeping set up with a safe sleep surface.

Ultimately, I made the decision to co-sleep while following these guidelines and ensuring that my baby’s safety was always a top priority. I found it to be an incredibly special bonding time for my family and I, but have always emphasized that it is not a one-size-fits-all approach.

At the end of the day, the decision to co-sleep is ultimately up to you as a parent. Be sure to do your research, speak to your pediatrician, and use your best judgement to ensure the safety and well-being of your little one.

colton57

Hi everyone,

I am a mom of two and have had completely different experiences with co-sleeping with my babies. When I had my first child, I was completely against co-sleeping due to concerns about safety. However, after a few weeks of sleepless nights, I was desperate to try anything to get some sleep. I eventually tried co-sleeping and it ended up working really well for our family.

When I discussed it with my pediatrician, she was very understanding and even gave us some tips on how to make it safer. We always made sure that our baby slept on their back and that there were no loose objects or blankets nearby. Having my baby close to me also made it easier for me to nurse frequently, which ended up being great for bonding.

With my second child, we co-slept from the beginning and it was the best thing we could've done. It was easier to nurse throughout the night and I felt more confident in my ability to respond to her needs. It also allowed for more sleep overall since we didn't have to get up throughout the night to attend to her needs.

Ultimately, co-sleeping is a personal decision, and I believe that it's important to weigh the pros and cons for your own family. It's also important to do your research and discuss it with your pediatrician to ensure that you're taking all necessary precautions to make it as safe as possible.

ylubowitz

Hi there,

I completely understand your concerns about co-sleeping with your baby. Before my daughter was born, my husband and I were dead set on never co-sleeping. However, after several sleepless nights and feeling like we were constantly separated from her, we decided to try it out and have been doing it ever since.

When we mentioned co-sleeping to our pediatrician, she did express some concerns, but ultimately respected our decision and offered advice on how to co-sleep safely. This helped us feel more comfortable with our decision, knowing that we could make it work while also keeping our daughter safe.

One thing that really worked for us was having a designated area in our bed for our daughter. We placed her on her back in between us, with no pillows or loose blankets nearby. We also invested in a co-sleeping bassinet that we placed right next to our bed for the first few months.

Ultimately, the decision to co-sleep is a personal one and may not be for everyone. However, if you do decide to co-sleep, make sure to do your research and follow recommended safety guidelines to ensure the safety of your baby.

theodora11

Hello! As a parent who coslept with their baby, I understand your concerns about potential objections from healthcare providers. When I first brought it up with my pediatrician, she raised some concerns about the safety of cosleeping and urged me to reconsider. However, after discussing it further with her and doing my own research, I felt comfortable with my decision to cosleep.

One thing that helped was finding a pediatrician who was more open to alternative parenting styles and who could provide guidance on how to cosleep safely. I also made sure to follow recommended safety guidelines such as placing my baby on their back to sleep, ensuring there were no loose blankets or pillows near them, and having a firm surface to sleep on.

Ultimately, it is important to trust your instincts as a parent and make informed decisions based on your own research and the advice of trusted healthcare providers. Good luck!

leo.ortiz

Hi there,

I had a different experience with co-sleeping as a new mom. When I brought it up to my pediatrician, she strongly advised against it, citing concerns about suffocation and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). While I was disappointed, I ultimately decided not to co-sleep and found other ways to bond with my baby.

Instead, I focused on babywearing and skin-to-skin contact during the day, making sure to provide plenty of opportunities for snuggles and bonding. I would also bring my baby into bed with me for short periods of time for nursing or cuddling, but would always return her to her own sleep space to ensure her safety.

While it was initially difficult to let go of the idea of co-sleeping, this approach ended up working well for our family and provided plenty of opportunities for bonding without compromising our baby's safety.

At the end of the day, it's important to prioritize the safety and health of your baby, and make the decision that's right for you and your family, even if it's not what you initially envisioned.

lauriane.kassulke

Hi there,

I completely understand where you're coming from with concerns about potential objections. When I first mentioned co-sleeping with my eldest, my healthcare provider strongly advised against it, but unfortunately didn't really offer any alternatives. As a result, I was left feeling a little uneasy about what I should do.

After turning to some online forums, I came across a lot of parents who also wanted to co-sleep but had concerns raised by their healthcare providers. What really helped me was hearing from other parents with similar experiences, and learning about ways to make co-sleeping safer, like using a cosleeper crib or sidecar.

In the end, I decided co-sleeping was the best choice for my family and have remained committed to it throughout all three of my kids. While it's definitely not for everyone, I believe it's an option worth considering for those who feel it's right for them.

Hope this helps!

kiana60

Hi all,

I am also a new mom who was keen on co-sleeping with my baby. However, when I brought it up to my healthcare provider, she expressed concerns about it increasing the risk of SIDS or accidental injury to the baby. Although I was a bit disappointed, I appreciated that she was looking out for the best interest of my baby.

After taking time to consider it, I decided to opt for room-sharing instead of co-sleeping. I placed my baby's crib beside my bed, so that she was still close enough to me, but could still sleep on her safe sleep surface. This way, I had the opportunity to soothe her during the night when she woke up.

Room-sharing ended up working out really well for us. It gave me the closeness with my baby that I was looking for, while also ensuring that she was sleeping in her safe space, and minimizing the risk of injury or accidents.

In conclusion, while co-sleeping can be tempting, it's essential to prioritize the health and safety of your baby. Room-sharing is a great alternative that still allows for closeness between parent and child while minimizing the risk of injury.

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