14Helps Baby Breathe

Bed-sharing also has the potential to help babies breathe more easily. Young children’s cardio-respiratory systems aren’t fully matured when they are born, so they sometimes struggle to breathe.

Actually one of the reasons some scientists believe babies wake up so frequently in the middle of the night is to reset their

breathing. If they are in a deep sleep they are less likely to wake up if they stop breathing. However, babies who co-sleep spend more time sleeping lightly, which means they are more likely to wake up if they stop breathing.

It is thought that babies mimics their mother's breathing and that her heart beat sets the pace for their breathing. Yes babies breath more rapidly and their hearts beat more rapidly than a grown ups, but our slower pace helps them to calm and find rhythm.

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