As an exclusively breastfeeding mom, I realized very quickly how much co-sleeping was a blessing to my sanity. Especially as I had more children. The ability to roll over in a groggy, half awake, barely functioning state of mind to reach my baby to nurse them in the middle of the night, then quickly return to my own blissful state of sleep was critical. Coffee only does so much as far as giving moms the required amount of energy to function.
Co-Sleeping, though, is not always easy. Not always safe. Not always as convenient as it sounds. The bed-sharing environment isn’t ideal, especially in regards to safety. Some bedside co-sleepers are bulky and hard to access from the actual bed. The co-sleepers that sit in the bed are hard and not convenient either. That’s why when I saw the new Halo Sleep System Bassinest, I knew it would take the co-sleeping world by storm. It has ease of use. It’s safe. It’s convenient. It’s brilliant.
The Halo Bassinest gives you all of the benefits of bed-sharing while still giving baby their own, safe, space to sleep. It allows you to pull baby right to you without getting out of bed, reach over the flexible lowering side of the bed to pick up baby while you’re still laying down and then place baby back down after nursing. (Added note: a friend of mine loved these features for ease of baby care after her c-section!) It sits up high enough to keep baby in eyesight from your bed, it can be used away from your bed as well, it’s stylish and doesn’t take up much room. It’s the perfect solution for implementing safe sleep practices while still having the convenience of co-sleeping. Pair it with Halo’s Sleepsacks and you’re sure to have created a safe and comfortable sleep environment for your new baby.
As part of Halo’s commitment to safe sleeping, whether or not your baby co-sleeps, they want to remind parents about safe sleep practices.
•Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
•Room-share, but don’t bed share; the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend against bed sharing as it can lead to an increased risk for accidental suffocation.
•Use a crib or bassinet that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snugly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
•Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers, pillows and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
•Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
•Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
•Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
•Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
•Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone has recently smoked.
Note: This post is sponsored by Halo Sleep Systems. They provided me with a Sleepsack in exchange for this post. The opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was received.