I really enjoyed reading this post. I have been wondering what I am going to do when my husband and I start having children. I do think that there are pros and cons to sharing a bed. After reading your post I think that I will try co-sleeping.
Great post. Co-sleeping seems a little weird in the U.S., but is pretty normal for many other countries in the world. I also liked reading about your personal experience compared to the research, thanks for sharing.
I really liked this post. I think that co-sleeping is a great thing and that it will definitely help exhausted mothers and fathers. I also think it is very comforting for the baby. Thank you for sharing!
It is a great thing. I have never regretted the bonding that I think has helped my teens not be rebellious through the teen years. Before you do co-sleeping, read a book that encourages it, like Dr. Sears "The Baby Sleep Book", for he tells rules to make it safe.
Cheryl R made the reply to Janey
I really like how you threw in your own experience alongside the research. Co-sleeping like many other practices, such as public feedings is highly discouraged in our culture when compared to others. I feel that although there are risks for this practice, perhaps the benefits can outweigh them. Great post.
It truly is the natural way and most used around the world. In the United States, we do need to follow precautions, which are listed in Dr Sears "The Baby Sleep Book" on which I did a book review on this blog.
Cheryl R made the reply to Kristin L.
I love this post. In my Strengthening Families class at the University of Utah, our instructor went over the benefits of co-sleeping the baby's sleep patterns will sync with the mothers, the baby's body temperature will regulate with the mothers as well. SIDs research is showing that the baby gets in to the really deep sleep and doesn't come out of it. Co-sleeping the mother and baby sleep facing each other the baby will breathe in the mothers exhaled breath; this action prevents the baby from going in to the really deep sleep that they don't wake from. And face it, you spent 9 months co-sleeping already, you really aren't going to roll over on the baby.