Arm's Reach Concepts: Co-Sleeping

Co-sleeping is a sleeping solution for parents wanting to sleep closer, safer, and better. By sleeping within an arm’s reach of your newborn, you forge a deep, everlasting bond and allow for easier feeding. Lastly, by placing your baby at the side of the bed it reduces the potential risks posed by modern beds not being appropriate for a baby’s space.

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- A better start in life for mother and baby. Early bonding makes for a secure beginning.
- Mother can breastfeed during the night without getting up, providing an easier, more comfortable experience for both mother and baby.
- If the infant is restless, mother can simply reach over and comfort them. Research confirms benefits of a quick response to a baby's needs.
- Mother can enjoy more rest because she can reach her baby from her bed.
- From the first day home mother and baby are able to bond and this bond carries through for the rest of their lives.

What are the Benefits of Co-Sleeping?

- Easy access to baby - Enhancement of the natural bonding process
- More comfortable and efficient caregiving such as breast feeding, soothing, comforting, diaper changing etc. than can be accomplished if the baby slept in a separate bedroom.

How can Co-Sleeping Help Against S.I.D.S.?

Cultures where parents commonly co-sleep with their babies have the lowest rate of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S), in the world, while cultures where parents do not commonly sleep with their babies have the highest rate of S.I.D.S. Current studies are starting to draw a correlation between S.I.D.S. and babies who sleep in rooms by themselves. The evidence suggests that some infants may fall into abnormally deep sleep and "forget to breathe.” With a baby at arm's reach, parents are easily alerted to abnormal breathing or other signals of distress that may be missed if the baby were in a separate room.

What are the Possible Drawbacks of Co-Sleeping? Can it be Dangerous?

There are two common criticisms of co-sleeping. First, there is a fear that a parent might roll over on the infant causing harm. Second, some parents wonder if co-sleeping might spoil the baby. These criticisms are easy to counter. Co-sleeping can be accomplished by having a baby sleep in a bed that attaches to the parent's bed in such a way as to allow parental access while preventing the baby from rolling out and into the parent's bed. In regards to spoiling a baby, there is no evidence that co-sleeping with a baby results in a spoiled child.

Why is Co-Sleeping Good for Breastfeeding?

Co-sleeping is beneficial for breastfeeding mothers and infants, because it allows a mother to nurse her infant "upon demand." According to many physicians, this is better for baby and also stimulates the lactation process that results in a strong and normal milk production from the mother. Additionally, the natural bonding process is naturally strongest between mother and baby in the earliest part of the baby's life for the simple reason that it is the mother who is most often near the baby providing warmth, food and security. It is natural to assume that bonding is enhanced between parent and child when there is increased time spent in close proximity to one another as in co-sleeping.

More About Arm’s Reach

The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper Bassinet is a unique creation that began with a mother and father’s need for a safe sleeping environment for their baby. They, like many parents, had rediscovered the benefits of co-sleeping with their infants—increased bonding, ease of feeding and a greater sense of closeness—yet were concerned modern beds weren’t appropriate for a baby’s space. They solved this problem by placing the child at the side of the bed, within arm’s reach. Their result is a wonderful series of bassinets that keep babies close to their parents during the important early months of development.

Whether you choose to breast feed or bottle feed, the Co-Sleeper Bassinet promotes bonding and enables parents and infant to sleep better. It is also recommended by leading pediatricians and sleep research experts. Reach over and draw your baby close for feeding, or just plain loving.

The Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper family of products come in a wide selection of colors, fabrics and styles to harmonize with the décor of the parent’s bedroom. In order to provide baby with a complete sleep system, Arm’s Reach also offers the Co-Sleeper Beautiful Dreamer Cocoon, a suspended cradle environment much like that of the mother’s womb. It includes a gentle swinging motion to magically soothe your crying baby. Use the Co-Sleeper Cocoon around the house by day and the Co-Sleeper Bassinet by night.