Where have you slept with your little one or where do you plan to sleep with your baby? This feels like "old news" to me today, but little more than a year ago, I would have been afraid to talk about this topic of "bed-sharing". The more research I do, the more moms I listen to, the more it makes complete sense!
Today's blog post is in regards to this article from Fall 2014: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2054393/Bad-news-dads-Babies-share-mothers-bed-age-good-hearts.html
Where did babies sleep for thousands of years before cribs/cots?
In recent years, parents have been told that sleeping with their baby should NEVER happen--that it could cause SIDS.
Did you know that most parents sleep with their baby at one time or another anyway?
Did you know that infants aren't supposed to sleep in a room alone? Did you know that the risk factors for SIDS are things like smoking in the home, poofy pillows & blankets, formula-feeding, or drugs/alcohol that make parents too drowsy?
Did you know that breastfeeding mothers instinctually protect their infant while sleeping subconsciously?
Perhaps it is time to change the conversation in the infant sleep debates.
Reading the research from Dr. James McKenna's Mother-baby sleep laboratory at Notre Dame (and articles like this one) have completely re-shaped my idea of how/where I want my baby to sleep. My sleep plans for my next baby have evolved quite a bit. I am no longer afraid to trust my intuition. (Nothing trumps Mommy-intuition!)
I don't care for the article title as it implies impeding intimacy ?? (my husband seems to enjoy sharing our bed with our preschooler when she occasionally sneaks in in the morning), but I know every relationship is different. You have to do what works for YOUR family's unique situation. (Hint: that's not what this article is about, anyway.)
Bedsharing is not for everyone, and there are certainly some safety rules that need to be obeyed, but it can make a great, healthy, bonding experience for everyone involved!
To find more information on safe co-sleeping, see the Mother-baby behavioral sleep lab.
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Marcia prepares new parents through birth classes in Colorado Springs and is an advocate for moms and babies during the childbearing year. She also supports parenthood journeys in other ways through her sleep support group for parents. She is an artist, seamstress, Lemongrass Spa consultant, and CAPPA certified childbirth educator. Marcia lives in Colorado with her husband, three children, and their dog, Calamity Jane.