Co-Sleeping With Your Kids ISN'T Bad For Them — New Study Reveals!

Tue, July 19, 2011 2:26pm EST by 3 Comments

Researchers have discovered moms and dads who share a bed with their babies aren’t stunting their development and social skills!

Parents have been warned for years against letting their children into their beds, but research shows there are no harmful effects — as long as you wait until your baby is a year old.

Besides the dangers of accidental injury and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) it’s been suggested in the past that co-sleeping stunts kids’ social skills.

But researchers at New York’s Stony Brook University have blown the lid off that theory. They examined nearly a thousand moms with kids aged between one and three and found almost a half admitted to sharing their bed with their child. When the kids were studied at the age of five, there was no difference between the children that had slept alongside their mothers than those that had slept apart.

Stony Brook University professor Dr. Lauren Hale concludes, “Parents can do what works best for their family and not feel guilty if they choose to bed-share, because there probably aren’t lasting impacts.”

Do you co-sleep with your baby, HollyMoms? Share your experiences with us.

– Ian Garland

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Posted at 9:52 PM on August 25, 2011  

Co-sleeping kills. It laziness and ignorance. Why would anyone want to risk sufocating or rolling over onto their child. Ignorance!

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Posted at 1:09 AM on October 16, 2011  

Actually in most countries in the world, parents co-sleep and its better for children. I have a son and he sleeps in our bed. We co-sleep because it is easier but also it assures both myself and husband that our son is fine, he did sleep in the bassinet for a bit but as he got older he migrated to our bed. You mentioned rolling over and suffocating the baby, in my experience I was always conscious of my son next to me that even in a deep sleep when he moves I woke up.

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Posted at 3:56 PM on October 5, 2014  

Neither me nor my husband has come close to rolling onto our daughter. Both of us somehow stay completely still in our sleep while she’s with us. She falls asleep in her crib, but if she wakes up super early in the morning, I just bring her to bed with us. Like pp said, if she makes a move or peep, I’m awake.

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