Hi there Dr. Bob
I am not sure if this is one of your areas of expertise or not, but since you are a doctor that I trust, I thought I would put it to you. Do you know of any Scientific studies that look at whether extended co-sleeping causes dependency issues?I am trying to finally put to rest the worries tht my husband has about extended co-sleeping. All of the articles we have found 'poo-poo' the dependency question, without citing any hard evidence. He says this means there isn't any. I say it doesn't matter - my maternal instincts find this the most appropriate way of night-parenting our 20 month old. He accepts this as enough reason to keep doing it, but it still doesn't truly mollify him - the slight anxiety continues.
If you know of anywhere I could point him, I would be most grateful.
Here is some info I dug up from one of my old Attachement Parenting lectures:
P. Heron, “Non-Reactive Cosleeping and Child Behavior: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep All Night, Every Night,” Master’s thesis, Department of Psychology, University of Bristol, 1994.
M. Crawford, “Parenting Practices in the Basque Country: Implications of Infant and Childhood Sleeping Location for Personality Development” Ethos 22, no 1 (1994): 42-82.
J. F. Forbes et al., “The Cosleeping Habits of Military Children,” Military Medicine 157 (1992): 196-200.