To sleep or not to sleep with your baby, that is the question. We answer this big question by listing the advantages of co-sleeping. Benefits, WHO recommendations, safety rules...
You'll have all the arguments you need to decide whether this co-sleeping method is right for you!

All about co-sleeping: advantages and disadvantages

What is co-sleeping?

Cododo comes from the English term co-sleeping, which means "sleeping with". In contemporary European civilization, babies are often given their own room from birth, where they are supposed to sleep alone. In co-sleeping, the infant sleeps at night in its parents' room during the first weeks and even months of life.

In fact, there are two types of co-sleeping:

  1. Parents and baby share the same space, each in their own bed. The baby is in his crib or bassinet, on his mattress, close to his parents' bed.
  2. Parents and baby sleep side by side, in a special co-sleeping cot, alongside mom and dad. In this case, it's advisable to follow certain rules, which we'll share with you below.

Cododo around the world

So, is co-sleeping a common practice or, on the contrary, an unusual act? Well, that depends on the region! In Asia, Africa and the northern countries (Sweden and Norway, for example), co-sleeping is widespread. Most families are used to sleeping together.
In Europe, sleeping with your baby is a little less normalized. Many people fear that this form of proximal mothering will lead to a child's long-term dependence on its parents. So, myth or reality? In fact, studies tend to prove the opposite! By responding to a child's physiological needs, parents send a clear message: "You can count on us". This bond of attachment reinforces the toddler's sense of security and confidence. As a result, little ones develop their autonomy more easily. Yet even among professionals and specialists, opinions continue to differ. So what should we do? Let's listen to the WHO and list the benefits of co-sleeping.

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WHO recommendations

What does WHO, the World Health Organization, have to say? The WHO recommends keeping babies in their parents' room for the first six months of life, to reduce the risk of cot death. A close baby means a more alert mother and father. Of course, we shouldn't blame parents who prefer to sleep without their baby. It's a personal choice, just like breastfeeding. Our article is here to help you make an informed choice, according to your needs and desires.

The benefits of co-sleeping
In practical terms, what are the benefits of sharing a parental bedroom?

  • Peaceful sleep
    Some parents find it reassuring to be so close to their baby. They hear him, keep an eye on him... and are alerted to the slightest suspicious noise. This is also the main reason.
  • Easier breastfeeding and bottle-feeding
    With baby within easy reach, there are fewer trips to feed the baby, who wakes up several times a night. As a result, waking up is easier for everyone. No need to go to the other end of the house to pick up your baby, feed him and put him back to bed. Breastfeeding moms sleep better... and lactate better. Bottle-fed children and their parents also benefit from this proximity.
  • A secure baby
    Finally, in cododo, the baby feels secure. In short, a real cocoon for a good night's sleep. Of course, some parents see these advantages as disadvantages... Sharing a room can feel like sacrificing parental intimacy. But let's face it, between the post-partum period and the nights of a newborn baby, which are often synonymous with a cruel lack of sleep, we vote for anything that makes life easier. Co-sleeping can be one of them!

The WHO recommends keeping babies in their parents' bedroom for the first six months of life, to reduce the risk of cot death.

Cododo safety rules

But be careful! If you want to "co-sleep" properly, it's important to follow a few safety rules:

  • Baby should have his own bed
    You can't sleep with baby in his own bed, as this could crush or suffocate him. That's why we recommend co-sleeping.
  • Bye bye alcohol
    Cododo, alcohol and medication don't mix! If you're taking sleeping pills or have been partying (too much), don't sleep with your baby.
  • Bye bye cushion
    Prevent the risk of suffocation by banning cushions, blankets, stuffed toys and other textiles that could suffocate your baby in his crib and yours.
  • At the right temperature
    Finally, cover baby lightly and don't overheat the room. The ideal room temperature is 18°.

Our co-sleeping cradle, the KODO

If you're tempted by this co-sleeping experience, check out our new KODO co-sleeping system! We've designed it to make sleeping with a newborn easier, while preserving the aesthetics of your bedroom. Because a cododo doesn't have to be made of plastic to be practical! And a beautiful piece of furniture will also leave beautiful memories in your family photos... This beechwood cradle, with its rounded shapes, is attached to the parents' bed. It is height-adjustable to fit adult beds perfectly (up to 200cm). The icing on the cake: like all Charlie Crane furniture, the KODO cradle has been designed to last over time. So it's evolutionary, transforming itself into a pretty little bench once baby's grown up.

So don't hesitate and opt for #kodopourtous!