There is a great deal of controversy about co-sleeping nowadays. Some studies show it increases mom's stress hormones as well as the risk of SIDS, while others show that it benefits babies and prevents obesity. Where do you stand? Check out my blog post on this subject at: http://www.momniscient.net/2012/11/losing-sleep-over-new-co-sleepin...
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My children are teenagers now but I co-slept with one then both of them. It helped me sleep better because I didn't have to get up so many times during the night to go over to the crib (when very young) or to another room.
I just looked over, saw they were ok, then went back to bed. Talk about no-stress. ;-)
I think more parents co-sleep than we think. I am from Africa and have lived in Asia for many years. In many parts of the world, co-sleeping is not an option or even a concept. It is just what happens naturally. For me I didn't for one moment consider putting either of my children in a crib. Its what the child and parent want and need. I believe a newborn needs the rhythm of it's mother's heartbeat, something that it has been accustomed to for 9+ months and should be allowed to wean of it when they are ready to. I may be wrong, but I feel like co-sleeping is only a controversial in the western world. I'd be curious to know the scope of the study.