I did just recently put a post together called “Co-Sleeping: The Facts And The Benefits.” But because I absolutely ADORE co-sleeping in EVERY way, I had to post the article below. I wholly agree with this article and its ability to define even more acutely how co-sleeping IS safe. Its when we don’t understand how to keep it safe, that we then see problems.
Co-sleeping with my kids brought such JOY for us. Chris and I were in AWE each time we had the opportunity to share the bed with our new little tiny one. I do agree that there are biological process involved that make co-sleeping so enjoyable.
I let you have at it and decide for yourself what you think. Truthfully, the fact that I could SLEEP the WHOLE night even while breastfeeding was the deciding factor for me. It just makes your world that much brighter….:)
P.S. Below is a fun little video Chris took a few months ago trying to wake our kids up. Our kids, because of co-sleeping, LOVE to all sleep in the same room together sometimes. So Mabel, Millie, and Pratt made a bed on Golden’s floor so they could all be in the same room. For the longest time, all 5 of our kids slept in the same room together. They really, really LOVE each other. Its is WONDERFULLY adorable. 🙂 And yes, This is how long it takes to wake our kids up….
Edmund P. Joyce C.S.C. Chair in Anthropology
Director, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory
University of Notre Dame
A Popular Parenting Book
Sleeping With Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide To Cosleeping by James J.McKenna (2007). Platypus Press.
McKenna, J., Ball H., Gettler L., Mother-infant Cosleeping, Breastfeeding and SIDS: What Biological Anthropologists Have Learned About Normal Infant Sleep and Pediatric Sleep Medicine. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology 50:133-161 (2007)