It’s Good For Babies’ Hearts If They Sleep in Mother’s Bed until Age Three

It seems that everyone has an opinion when it comes to parenting, but when you are a parent, you are well aware of the fact that there are no strict rules or patterns you can just follow and succeed in raising a healthy and happy child. However, pediatricians have recently given new advice to parent...
It seems that everyone has an opinion when it comes to parenting, but when you are a parent, you are well aware of the fact that there are no strict rules or patterns you can just follow and succeed in raising a healthy and happy child.

However, pediatricians have recently given new advice to parents: children should sleep in bed with their mother until they are three.

Dr. Nils Bergman of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, explains that that babies’ hearts are under more stress, and sleeping alone affects the bonding process. It also affects babies’ brain development, resulting in bad behavior later in life.
An article published by InquisitR relies on the opinion of a pediatrician who believes that this is important for babies to rest, and also prevents heart-related stress. Dr. Nils Bergman explained that healthy two-day-old babies who slept with their mom for the first two weeks had optimal development.

This wasn’t the case with infants who slept in cribs as they weren’t rested and were more stressed. The study found that it really helps when babies sleep with their mothers for longer. 16 babies were observes while they slept on their mother’s chest and in a crib right next to her bed.

Babies who slept alone had their hearts three times more stressed. It also sacrifices their quality of sleep and the brains are less likely to “cycle” or make a difference between the “active” and “quiet” sleep.

Six of 16 babies who slept in a crib had a quiet sleep with worse quality. This is an important finding for normal brain development, as provided by this article.

Dr. Berman explained other factors. Babies are smothered and suffer cot deaths as a result of toxic fumes, cigarettes, alcohol, big pillows and dangerous toys. Animal studies have confirmed the link between stress and lack of sleep to behavioral issues in adolescence.

Stress hormones cause changes to the brain, and children have hard time forming relationships later in life, leading to promiscuity and other problems.

McAllister believes that putting your baby’s crib or bassinet in your bedroom brings it closer to you, giving both of you enough space, safety and good sleep. Baby cribs are the safest place for an infant.