Posted by: babybumper | October 12, 2010

Sleep Tight: Proven Benefits to Rooming In

Proven benefits of Rooming In

Better Breastfeeding

  • Baby gets more milk
  • Baby is more satisfied
  • Less Jaundice
  • Baby develops strong feeding cues & mama recognizes them
  • Less frustrated babies
  • Milk appears sooner

Better Breastfeeding by C R Z

Improved Baby Body System Regulation

  • Heart rate
  • Body temperature
  • Sleep cycle
  • Decreased risk for infection

Moms are Better Rested

  • Less separation anxiety
  • Begin to sync sleep cycle with baby. When mom is in a light sleep cycle, the baby is waking up.
  • Newborns get 16-20 hours of sleep, plenty of time for mom to recover!

Sweet Bonding

  • Baby interacts with parents more, leading to better brain development
  • Baby more content, only dealing with a few care givers
  • Parents get to see all the cute things the baby does
  • Parents recognize pre-crying noises
  • Baby screams less
  • More skin-to-skin contact

Tips to rooming in

After delivery, recuperate!

  • Don’t just plan to sleep during the nighttime hours.
  • Sleep when your Little One is sleeping.
  • Limit visitors during the day.

Sleep like a Baby by Peasap

Don’t go it alone!

  • Try to find 1 person to stay with you in the hospital.
  • Make your intention to Room In clear to all nurses and family support.
  • Have someone there running interference “She needs to rest.”
  • A certified diaper-changer.
  • Someone to bond with the baby if you are too exhausted.
  • Encourage friends to bring supper over after returning home.

At Home by Inottawa

Learn to breastfeed lying down.

  • Make this a top goal, so you can rest while feeding.

Have the most natural delivery possible

  • Go into spontaneous labor to reduce fatigue and a difficult delivery
  • Pain medications increase tiredness and afterbirth pain.
  • Avoid a Cesarean surgery, as the drugs used to numb you cause so much fatigue, and recovering from major surgery is difficult.

Sleep Tight

Don’t miss the first nights of your child’s life. A lot of parenting goes on in the middle of the night! If you sleep tight instead of sleeping separated, you will be there to respond quickly to needs, and to learn to communicate with your bambino. This will lead to a better transition to home from the hospital, and better health for the baby.

Dr. Sears wrote a great piece about how to increase bonding.
Lamaze International has an  article about the researched based benefits of Rooming In.



  1. Your pictures are wonderful. Nice choices!
    When my first was born, rooming in was a fairly novel concept and not at all embraced by the hospitals. Breastfeeding on demand was in the same state. My baby spent his time in the nursery where it was agreed he would be brought to me whenever he needed, not on their 4 hour schedule. I saw him on their 4 hour schedule — IF he was awake, and never in-between. :~þ This did cause problems. Not unsurrmountable because I had some experienced and supportive friends, but problems still.
    Three years later, his sister roomed in. :~)
    But down the line, there were babies who started out rooming in that I sent to the nursery out of exhaustion. The nurses were much better educated on breast feeding and those babies thrived. Being a much older (and wiser?) mom might have helped the situation. It was also an ‘stay in the hospital only a day era’. AND the babies roomed in when they got home.

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