1. It can prolong breastfeeding
There is quite a lot of evidence now to suggest that bed-sharing can promote breastfeeding, and help it last for longer, so if breastfeeding is something that is important to you, it may be worth investigating bed-sharing as a pro-active choice. Getting to feed your baby before he gets distressed is a good way of helping yourself to be successful with breastfeeding.
2. It may protect against SIDS
Breastfeeding is known to reduce the risk of SIDS dramatically, and bed-sharing promotes breastfeeding. The risk is also reduced by babies sleeping in close proximity to their parents, and you can’t get much closer than bed-sharing! If you’re concerned about being quite so close to your baby, consider getting a side-car or bedside cot.
3. It may help you get more sleep
Some mothers tend not to notice so many of the night-time feeds when they bed-share, and seem to get more rest. You don’t have to waste time re-settling a crying baby, if you’ve latched them on before they’ve got upset! And the hormone you release when you breastfeed – oxytocin – also helps you fall asleep more easily.
4. It’s great bonding time for Dad
When a dad doesn’t see his baby all day long because of being out at work, bed-sharing can create an extra few hours special, close fathering time. Some Dads are very nervous of sleeping next to their baby, but of those who manage to overcome that nervousness, I know many who say that they loved doing it.
5. It can help you become more in tune with your baby
Responding to your baby immediately helps you learn his cues very easily, and it helps your baby trust that you’ll be there when he needs you. And learning about each other is one of the really important factors in forming relationships or, in other words, bonding.
NB: Edited to add the following link to bedsharing safety: http://freeyourparenting.com/2011/06/29/bed-sharing-safety/