The benefits are many if it's done correctly.
- Encourages breastfeeding because nighttime breastfeeding is more convenient.
- The nursing mother gets more sleep since it's easy to sleep while breastfeeding.
- Helps baby fall asleep more easily and stay asleep.
- If you are separated from your baby during the day, it helps you regain closeness.
But, grandma is coming to visit so she needs the spare bed. We had a crib given to us (a recalled drop side crib) so we just took off the drop side and put it between our bed and the wall. It was a tiny bit higher than our bed so we had to get some 2x4's to raise our bed slightly.
I hope to soon be able to put him in the crib for the first part of the night and pull him next to me when he needs to nurse.
Personally, having Gideon sleep right next to me is one of my favorite things. He nurses easily during the night, he and I both get more sleep and just this morning I was thinking about how wonderful it is to wake up with him snuggled against me.
And, Gideon never has to cry when he wakes up. He stirs and I wake to latch him on. He nurses and we both doze for a few more minutes. When he wakes for the morning, he just opens his eyes and starts cooing or playing with my face. There's never any need for him to cry because Mommy is right there.
The Dr. Sears website has a page on ways to have baby in your bed safely. If these rules are followed, there is no reason baby shouldn't sleep with his or her parents.