When the question of co-sleeping comes up, I’m reminded of the cozy bird’s nest where mother and father bird snuggle with baby birds well protected until time to hatch, and long after until they nudge bird-lings (is that a word) from the nest into the independent unknown.
And this —
While it is commonly believed that co-sleeping will create clingy, dependent children, research proves that the opposite is true. Children who share sleep with their parents develop independence earlier and need less transitional objects because they do not experience separation anxiety.
Or this —
Parenting expert and pediatrician Dr. William Sears explains, “Over the past thirty years of observing sleep-sharing families in our pediatric practice, we have noticed one medical benefit that stands out; these babies thrive. ‘Thriving’ means not only getting bigger, but also growing to your full potential, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Perhaps it’s the extra touch that stimulates development, or perhaps the extra feedings (yes, sleep-sharing infants breastfeed more often than solo sleepers).”
Instinctive parenting took over in the early days, when I needed to be close to my babies to nurse them in the wee hours of the morning and I knew, they needed to be close to me. Nothing could be more natural than curling up with my baby in my arms and snuggling our way to dreamland.
Like this —
Parents have been sharing their sleep space with their infants and children for thousands of years. The idea of a crib and a separate bedroom is a relatively new one — moms several hundred years ago would have found the idea quite odd and unnatural. This is how Shelley, mama of girls Lily and Dahlia, felt. “I co-slept because it felt like the right and natural thing to do,” she said. The modern push towards early independence has changed the mainstream mindset so parents today feel they need to separate themselves from their newborns from the beginning.
In my home, no question… Hands down, cozy comfort and cuddle time includes co-sleeping. We love it and my babies are thriving!