Guest Author - Julie Renee Holland
One of the mainstays of attachment parenting is co-sleeping. Co-sleeping with baby is good for the baby and for the co-sleeping mom and dad. One of the primary reasons mothers give for early weaning is lack of sleep. Co-sleeping with baby allows you to breastfeed without getting out of bed or even without fully wakening. This means more peaceful sleep for you and your family.
Co-sleeping also gives you extra time to bond with your child. This can be especially important for working moms. Those extra hours of cuddling and nurturing can really make a difference when you are away from your baby all day.
Co-sleeping can be dangerous, so it is important to make sure that you are co-sleeping safely. Co-sleeping safety starts with making sure that you and your co-sleeping baby are sleeping on a firm mattress with no extra bedding near the baby's face. Be sure that there is no space between the mattress and the headboard or wall where the co-sleeping baby could become trapped. Finally, you want to ensure that the co-sleeping baby can't roll off the bed. The Humanity Family Bed co-sleeper solves the roll off problem and provides protection for your mattress at the same time.
The Humanity Family Bed consists of a 5 foot long bolster filled with ecofriendly stuffing and a 3 layer organic flannel bed pad. The bed pad is easily detachable so you can wash it as needed. The Humanity Family Bed bolster is also perfect as a body pillow while you are pregnant. Using pillows near a co-sleeping baby is unsafe as a pillow can fall over the baby's face and obstruct their breathing. Pillows also fall on the floor and can easily be pushed away by an active baby. The Humanity Family Bed is held in place by the weight of the bolster as well as by the mother and the baby.
The bolster is attached in a unique way, so unique it is patented. The unique attachment means there is no place for a crevice to form so the co-sleeping baby won't get trapped against the bolster. Bed rails and pillows are dangerous because they allow a space to form where the baby's face can be trapped, causing them to rebreath stale air.
The bed pad is made of 3 layers of absorbent flannel so you will never again have to worry about waking up in a puddle of breast milk or worry that midnight diaper changes will soak your mattress. Breastfeeding is not only easier, it is easier to clean up leaks.
Advantages of the Humanity Family Bed include ease of use and a longer bolster than any similar product. There is no set up and nothing to attach to the mattress so it is easy to use for traveling. Just pack it up and take it along. The Humanity Family Bed co-sleeper will make even an unfamiliar hotel bed feel like home for your baby. This can really make travel easier on everyone when baby feels safe and secure in their own "bed."
The Humanity Family bed co-sleeper is bulky so I would suggest it for car travel and not airline travel.
The Humanity Family Bed is available online for around $250. Shipping costs can be high on this product, so look for discounts (my store, linked below, carries the Humanity Family bed co-sleeper for $220 with free shipping). This investment is offset by the number of years of use. This well made product will last for several years so you could easily use it for several pregnancies and through several children. In addition, it can be used when your toddler moves to a twin bed and needs roll out protection.
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