Good article on several levels
Great! I'll have to tuck this away for when MIL comes to visit later this month. I'm hoping there won't be any comments about my almost 1-yr old co-sleeping, but just in case....
I have two older boys (9 and 6) who co-slept as infants, then moved to cribs/beds later, but I can't remember when exactly I moved them. My 1 year old is my last baby, though, so I'm trying to do everything "right" (ha!) since I know she's going to be a teenager before I know it and definitely won't be co-sleeping with us then.
It's the same in Korea where we lived until recently. There just isn't the room a lot of times for the kids to sleep separately from the parents.
I see both sides. On one hand, I do think it probably is better for the children but on the other hand, my husband and I sleep in separate rooms because I am not able to sleep with the kids. I am a horrible sleeper and need to have my own space in order to sleep so my husband sleeps in the bedroom with our two kids and I sleep in a twin bed in one of the other bedrooms. Kind of sucks but that's how it is at this point. My older daughter is 5 and I do wish she would sleep in her own room but she does not want to sleep alone at all. I'm hoping that when the baby is a little older we can put them both in one room together but it's hard to tell if that will work or not.
We've coslept for the past 5+ years. I wouldn't change it for anything! I know I sleep better with my child next to me! And I know he sleeps better too! Only once did he decide he wanted to sleep in his own bed. He went to sleep there for 45 minutes and then came in to our room. At whatever point he decides to transition to his own room will be on his terms. There are still many that are shocked by the cosleeping but I've learned to brush it off.
Thanks for posting!
I co-slept with DS1 until he was 10 or so. It was great and we both loved it. His father (my ex) would not allow us to sleep together, even when he was teeny, and it caused major problems in our marriage. I did learn to not tell people we still slept together when he was older because people thought horrible things. It was pretty wonderful for us, though, and helped us both deal with the divorce. I co-sleep with DS2 (13 months) and my new husband and it is lovely.