Keeping Baby Safe and Close to You
The Co-Sleeper Crib has been designed to keep baby close to parents without actually sleeping in their bed. By having baby nearby and more accessible to mom, each waking is less disruptive allowing for a quicker response to baby’s needs. Newborn babies have a heightened sense of smell, touch and hearing and often need to rouse out of their sleep to be reassured that mom is nearby.

Benefits and Features
Parents who use our Co-Sleeper crib experience a quicker response to their baby, easy access for breastfeeding, a reduction in crying time and a saving on space in their bedrooms. The solid base can hold up to 10-kilograms and has a stylish, removable cover that is available in a variety of different fabrics. A waterproofed mattress is included. The Co-Sleeper Crib is ideal for premature babies, offering an extended time of use and closeness.

Convenience and Comfort
The Co-Sleeper Crib attaches to the side of the parents’ bed by means of a sturdy wooden base that slips between the base of the bed and the mattress, which means baby is within arms reach. This closeness allows for less time and effort in settling baby after feeds, which in turn leads to a calmer, deeper and improved sleeping patters for both parents and baby.

Designed with care and precision by Cindy Homewood,

clinic sister and co-owner of Bowwood Baby Clinic.

“I designed the Co-Sleeper Crib with mothers and babies in mind. I have seen thousands of mothers and babies walk through my Cape Town clinic and I have taken into account the challenges they face. I believe strongly in keeping the mother and baby together – as this makes the journey into motherhood a rewarding one. Closeness builds trust and confidence, reduces anxiety and allows parents to begin to identify their baby’s needs from a very early age.” – Cindy Homewood, co-owner of the Bowwood Baby Clinic.

Benefits of Co-Sleeping – Exerpted from:

Scientific Benefits of Co-Sleeping
Popular media has tried to discourage parents from sharing sleep with their babies, calling this worldwide practice unsafe. Medical science, however, doesn’t back this conclusion and prove the benefits of co-sleeping (See Safe Co-Sleeping Research). In fact, research shows that co-sleeping is actually safer than sleeping alone (See Co-Sleeping: Yes, No, Sometimes?). Here is what science says about sleeping with your baby:

Sleep more peacefully
Research shows a benefit of co-sleeping is infants virtually never startle during sleep and rarely cry during the night, compared to solo sleepers who startle repeatedly throughout the night and spend 4 times the number of minutes crying. Startling and crying releases adrenaline, which increases heart rate and blood pressure, interferes with restful sleep and leads to long term sleep anxiety.

Stable physiology
Studies show that infants who sleep near to parents have more stable temperatures, regular heart rhythms, and fewer long pauses in breathing compared to babies who sleep alone. This means babies sleeps physiologically safer.

A mom within arms reach to her precious baby.

Decreases risk of sudden infant death syndrome
Worldwide research shows that the SIDS rate is lowest (and even unheard of) in countries where co-sleeping is the norm, rather than the exception. (See SIDS: The Latest Research on How Sleeping With Your Baby is Safe). Babies who sleep either in or next to their parents’ bed have a fourfold decrease in the chance of SIDS. Co-sleeping babies actually spend more time sleeping on their back or side, which decreases the risk of SIDS. Further research shows that the carbon dioxide exhaled by a parent actually works to stimulate baby’s breathing.

Long term emotional health
Co-sleeping babies grow up with a higher self-esteem, less anxiety, become independent sooner, are better behaved in school, and are more comfortable with affection. They also have less psychiatric problems.

Safer than crib sleeping
The Consumer Product Safety Commission published data that described infant fatalities in adult beds. These same data, however, showed more than 3 times as many crib related infant fatalities compared to adult bed accidents. Another recent large study concluded that bed sharing did NOT increase the risk of SIDS, unless the mom was a smoker or abused alcohol.

Click here for more of Dr. Sears’ research on co-sleeping.

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