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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