As a lactation expert in private practice, I have spent a lot of time supporting mothers in their homes. I spent a lot of time in the spaces that are most comfortable for them, which often means helping them nurse in their beds. I have sat on HUNDREDS of different beds, supporting mothers in them by teaching them to nurse in "side lying" positions and also offering safe sleep information. I am a huge advocate for co-sleeping (an umbrella term for many forms of sleeping near a baby) and an even bigger advocate for safe bedsharing practices.
The truth is, bedsharing actually can be safe when you follow the rules, and one of the most important rules is: use a firm mattress. (Click here to learn more about bedsharing safety.) In my practice, it is rare to find a mother using a mattress that is suitable for safe bedsharing. Typically the mattresses are too soft, which creates dangerous indents for baby to roll into when laying next to baby.
Not only do you need a firm mattress for safe sleep practices, but you deserve something comfortable to get your best sleep in! We're tired enough as parents, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable mattress leading to back pain and less restful sleep. This is why I'm so excited to tell you about a mattress that is both firm enough for bedsharing AND comfortable!
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It all started when I needed a new mattress, as ours was beginning to sag. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, and since I was bedsharing I needed a mattress that was firm. Through a Facebook ad I came across a mattress called GhostBed. (Note: I am writing this because I love this product- GhostBed by Nature’s Sleep did not ask me to write this and they have not compensated me for writing this either.) I was immediately intrigued by the mattress and decided to give it a try! They had a 101 day money back guarantee, it's incredibly affordable, and like I said, I desperately needed a new mattress.
Fast forward to the day my GhostBed arrived. It was heaven. It was such an upgrade from our uncomfortably firm, spring mattress we were previously using. I immediately put it to the test and took a long nap with my son and it was fabulous. The mattress did not sag when I layed on it and my baby did not roll toward me. For bedsharing purposes I would compare the level of firmness (or lack of sag for that matter) to that of a futon, but the comfort of the GhostBed is ABOVE and beyond. I have now been using the GhostBed for about six months, and the mattress is still just as firm and comfortable as the day it arrived.
I am confident recommending this mattress as a safe and comfortable platform for bedsharing. It is also very comfortable without a box spring too! It is recommended when sleeping with your baby to place your mattress on the floor, away from walls. Our other mattress was NOT comfortable at all when on the floor. The GhostBed almost seems to be enhanced by it.
We have two GhostBeds, one on the floor in my son’s room and one in my bedroom on a box spring. They are both equally pleasant to sleep on and both the perfect firmness. Now, when I'm teaching parents about safe sleeping practices, I love to tell them about Ghostbed.
As if you need anymore convincing of how awesome it is, this family run company is breastfeeding friendly! I had the pleasure of speaking with Ashley Werner, Director of Social Experience at GhostBed by Nature’s Sleep. This is what she had to say:
“As a very health-conscious individual, I always knew that breastfeeding would be the only source of nutrition for my son the first six months of his life. The way I see it, the abundance of vitamins, minerals, proteins, etc. present in breastmilk is the best gift I can give him!
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I'm Kelly! As far as credentials go I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), HUG trained, breastfeeding counselor, a mother of 4 beautiful kids, and advocate for families. My personal experience with breastfeeding fueled my passion, and generated my mission. I founded Successful Breastfeeding because I saw a need for a better, more thorough, and individualized support for breastfeeding moms- especially working breastfeeding moms! I provide an approach to breastfeeding support that you won't find anywhere else! Breastfeeding is not one size fits all, and breastfeeding support should not be either!Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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