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Cosleeping, bedsharing, family bed, or whatever you may term the idea happens because it’s natural…It’s supposed to happen.

My definition of cosleeping is sharing a bed so that mother and baby or father and baby may have skin-to-skin contact, breathe the same air, etc. Other definitions state that cosleeping involves sharing a room and/or having the bassinet or crib next to the bed also constitute cosleeping.

I grew up with a “family bed” and did not think it was weird or different or even wrong. I remember nights when all five of us would be in the bed. I remember nights when one of kids would just lay next to the bed with a big ‘ol blanket because he or she wanted to be near the family.

It wasn’t until I had people close to me start having babies that I became witness to the way that our society deems appropriate in regards to an infant’s sleep habits. It is like nails on a chalk board to me when I see someone place a child down for bed in their new crib in their picture perfect nursery and then walk away, leaving the baby all alone crying in the dark room. Nails on a chalkboard.

The infant is left alone in a dark room to FIGURE IT OUT. The newborn baby is supposed to figure sleep out. How the hell do you expect for an infant to figure out sleep when he or she has spent the last 40 weeks in the mother’s belly? The mother has guided every life decision the infant has made directly or indirectly. Breathing, eating, and even moving have been influenced by the mother’s movement patterns.

Humans are born the most neurologically immature primate of all– 25% of brain volume. That means that we have to develop our brain biologically. Research has shown that an infant laying in close proximity to the mother mimics breathing and heart rate patterns of the mother. Physiological responses and natural reflexes are being programmed while the mother and infant sleep next to each other, touching each other, smelling each other, and moving in response to the other’s movement.

Cosleeping benefits:

  • Encourages and makes breastfeeding easier.
  • Nearly doubles the amount of breastfeeding sessions.
  • Sleep-sharing pair usually sleeps in harmony.
  • Babies sleep better.
  • Mothers sleep better.
  • Babies thrive as in reaching full potential.
  • Reduces risks of SIDS.
  • Promotes a deeper connection between baby and parents.

Consider breaking the societal norms when it comes to family bedtime habits. Though it may seem odd relative to many families in 2012, it’s fully normal in the context of our past. Furthermore, the benefits of cosleeping aren’t to be ignored.

 

Workout 

Warm Up

2 Rounds:
400m jog
15 squats with a 10 second pause at the bottom
5 turkish get ups (light weight, R)
5 turkish get ups (light weight, L)
 
Advanced 
4 Rounds, Rest as needed:
10 KB (35#) snatches (right)
10 KB snatches (left)
50 squats
 
Intermediate 
4 Rounds, Rest as needed:
10 KB (26#) snatches (right)
10 KB snatches (left)
50 squats
 
Beginner 
4 Rounds, Rest as needed:
10 KB (18#) snatches (right)
10 KB snatches (left)
50 squats
 
Modifications 
Weight is up to you, but programmed for medium intensity.