Co-sleeping gets a lot of press these days. (We write about the topic quite often ourselves!) But, as we are quick to point out in our articles, co-sleeping can be kind of a misleading term. Some parents who share a bed with their babies call it co-sleeping; other parents who share a room with their babies call it co-sleeping. But sharing a room is quite different than sharing a bed...so maybe we need a little more information about these different kinds of co-sleeping. Read on to learn more
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Let's face it: accidental co-sleeping is real! You know the kind of co-sleeping I'm talking about, right? The kind of co-sleeping that you never really planned on, but that just kind of happens on its own? The kind of co-sleeping where you put your child to sleep in her own bed, only to find her in YOUR bed a few hours later? Yep. That kind of accidental co-sleeping. Sure, plenty of parents co-sleep intentionally, out of a desire to practice attachment parenting principles. But based on
An article published in USA Today has added fuel to an already-raging fire -- the debate over co-sleeping. The article references a study which found that while the number of SIDS-related deaths has dropped by over 50% in the past two decades (since the introduction of the “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1994 began discouraging tummy sleeping), the drop has plateaued recently. What’s more, the number of SIDS-related deaths as a result of co-sleeping is actually on the rise.