Co-sleeping has had its fair share of stigma due to the health risk that it poses to your infant – however, there are ways in which co-sleeping, or rather, sleep sharing (the term used for sharing the same sleep environment) is ideal for your little one’s sensory development. A baby is able to sense whether you are near or far by touch and smell, therefore co-sleeping does not mean involve bed-sharing but actually sleeping in the same room, for instance, in a bassinet close by is advised by many. That is why rentals for hospital grade bassinet are so popular for the first few months of a baby’s life.
Co-sleeping in a bassinet should follow the same guidelines for safe sleeping, which includes the baby must sleep on his/her back on a firm and clean mattress, under comfortable and light blanketing that does not cover his/her face, and also should not be exposed to second-hand smoke. Free-standing bassinets such as those seen at hospitals are ideal for co-sleeping because they can be easily wheeled right next to your beside, and the clear panelling makes it easier for you to see your baby without needing to get up. Luckily, ILS Babycare offers you hiring of hospital grade bassinets on a weekly basis for your convenience – all you need to do is make a hiring reservation online.
Many reputed breastfeeding authorities and studies have stated that the link between safe co-sleeping and breastfeeding promotes the bond between mother and child. Dr James McKenna said “Studies have shown that co-sleeping with a breastfeeding infant promotes bonding, regulates the mother and baby’s sleep patterns, plays a role in helping the mother to become more responsive to her baby’s cues, and gives both the mother and baby needed rest. The co-sleeping environment also assists mothers in the continuation of breastfeeding on demand, an important step in maintaining the mother’s milk supply.”
To maintain a safe sleeping environment for your baby, setting up a bassinet in the same room as the mother is a safe option over bed sharing. You are able to wheel the hospital grade bassinet next to her bedside which will allow them to share the same environment and be able to promote mother-baby bonding. The baby will know that the mother is nearby and that the mother is able to breastfeed on demand and be responsive to her baby’s needs. Your baby will not only sleep better but so will you. As you are able to respond to the baby’s cues or cries quickly, you are also able to put your baby back to sleep faster and maintain a routine that works for you. Many mothers have found that waking and going to another room after a baby has been crying for some time can often be difficult when trying to put them back to sleep.
New mothers and fathers find that hiring a hospital grade bassinet a good investment due to its portable nature, as it can be wheeled from one room to another silently. It also offers shelving that allows you to keep baby care items within reach, so you can give your baby your undivided attention. The multi-faceted functionality of a hospital grade bassinet is one of the reasons why many opt to hire one soon after their baby is born as it can also be used as a changing table and a bath. All you need to do is remove the mattress and fill the clear bassinet with enough water to bathe your little one. You can easily wheel the bassinet into the bathroom and wheel it back out when done.
To make a hiring reservation for a hospital grade bassinet through ILS Babycare, simply fill in the reservation form online or speak to our friendly customer service team on 1300 008 267.