is known by other names such as: sleep-sharing, Bedsharing,
bedding-down-with-baby, the family bed and many others. The basic idea
is that parent(s) sleep with their children, especially infants.
Everywhere in the world, in every culture, co-sleeping is practiced. In
most cultures, families who don't sleep together are seen as outsiders.
In America, we do it; we sleep with our children, just most of us don't
talk about it. We fear what our parents, in-laws or pediatricians will
think about us or worse, we fear what they might say to us. Those who
are opposed to the family bed feel that sleeping with your children
makes them needy, spoils them and causes children to not want to sleep
alone. Everyone is warned that they are starting a 'bad' habit. What's
so 'bad' about a family all snug and soundly sleeping
together in bed
benefits of co-sleeping speak for themselves. Many parents wonder if
they will ever get sleep in those early days after the birth of their
baby. Every family, baby and situation is different, but there is a
practical sleep arrangement for everyone. Many parents don’t
question where their new baby will sleep; they are simply snuggled down
between to loving parents. Other parents feel uncomfortable or unsure
about bedding-down-with-baby and opt to have baby sleep in its own crib
or sidecar type bed
in the parent’s room. While a large majority of pediatricians
experts do not advise parents to have babies under one year old sleep
in another room, many babies are still being left to sleep in their own
rooms, most of them are being left to cry-it-out.
7 BENEFITS OF
CO-SLEEPING: MEDICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL
Baby sleeps better and longer.
Mothers sleep better and longer.
Makes breastfeeding easier
It's contemporary parenting.
Babies thrive better.
Parents and infants become more connected.
It reduces the risks of SIDS.
Links To Other Websites For More
Information And Support
10 Reasons to Sleep Next to Your Child at
Babies Need Their Mothers Beside Them
Is Sleeping With My Baby Safe? Can it Reduce
the Risk of SIDS?
Co-Sleeping and SIDS Fact Sheet
The Beginners Guide to the Family Bed
A Foot In My Face: Or Ten Other Reasons to
Sleep With Me: A Trans-cultural Look at the
Power and Protection of Sharing a Bed
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