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Everything You Need to Know About Co-Sleeping

The benefits and drawbacks of staying close to your baby at night A fancy term for a simple concept, co-sleeping refers to having your baby or infant sleep in your room at night, rather than a separate room. Bed-sharing, in which a baby or young child sleeps in the same bed with one or both parents, is a form of co-sleeping, but it’s not the only one. You can also have your child sleep in your room, but on a separate surface (perhaps in a nearby bassinet or crib). Though they’re widespread practices in many non-Western cultures, both co-sleeping and bed-sharing are somewhat controversial in the U.S. Both styles have their benefits and their…

Breastfeeding Vs. Formula-Feeding and the Impact on Newborn Sleep

The facts about formula-feeding versus breastfeeding and newborn sleep If you’re a new mom, you may be wondering how breast milk and formula may affect your new baby’s sleeping habits. Figuring out which route to take is completely up to you, but here are some facts that may help you decide. During the first few months of life, formula-fed babies wake less often at night, take more naps, and sleep for longer stretches than nursing babies. That’s because formula takes more time and effort to digest. Breast milk is naturally designed to nourish a mother’s baby and is very easily absorbed into a newborn’s system. Known as a “perfect” food, human milk delivers virtually all…