For DockATot founder Lisa Furuland, one of the catalysts behind the creation of the DockATot Deluxe was the need for a better way to co-sleep with her kids. "I'm a huge believer in bed-sharing and co-slept with both of my kids," says Furuland. "When done safely and smartly, co-sleeping with baby has so many benefits. It fosters a closer bond between baby and parents, helps nursing moms get more rest and allows parents to monitor their child's breathing."
While the subject of co-sleeping with your baby is controversial, it's been done for centuries. In fact, it wasn't until the 19th century when babies started sleeping in cribs, that co-sleeping fell out of favor. But thanks to a new way of thinking, the idea of co-sleeping with baby is becoming a hot topic amongst new moms and healthcare professionals.
New Thoughts on Co-Sleeping
James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, recently published a peer-reviewed article in the publication Acta Paediatrica that states the benefits of "breastsleeping," a term he has coined to refer to the combination of co-sleeping and breastfeeding. "It may be 2015, and we may live in an urban, industrial setting, but this breastsleeping system has been humankind's oldest sleeping arrangement and feeding method," McKenna told The Huffington Post.
In the report, McKenna states: "Bedsharing is known to double and even triple the number of breastfeeds per night." His point is that since breastfeeding provides significant protection from a number of diseases, including SIDS itself and when done safely, the benefits of breastsleeping are numerous.
Why Use DockATot for Co-Sleeping?
What makes DockATot one of the best infant co-sleepers? Well to start off, DockATot was created with bed-sharing in mind. DockATot facilitates correct back positioning while preventing the baby from rolling out of bed, hitting his head against the headboard, getting caught between the bed and the wall, or wriggling down under the covers. The sides of the DockATot baby lounger help prevent parents from rolling on top of the baby, but are soft enough to easily access baby and facilitate a middle of the night nursing session. The bumpers are specially designed to be firm and dense enough to ensure a strong and safe separation between child and parent. They are also comfy enough to make it easy for parents to rest their arms on to pat and reassure the baby during the night.
Safe Co-Sleeping Tips
If you decide to co-sleep with your baby, these safety measures are an absolute must!
Whether you use DockATot for co-sleeping with baby or not, we urge you to follow the safe sleeping tips recommended by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission because absolutely nothing is more important than the safety of a child. Please visit http://www.cpsc.gov/ for more information.