I can't believe how many baby sleep books claim that co-sleeping will ruin everyone's sleep. Since I started co-sleeping, my son has learned to fall asleep on his own without being walked around. He's just happy to cuddle beside Mom... And to think of all of the doctors who have told me that I would "HAVE" to let him cry it out in order to learn to fall asleep unassisted... I'm just so angry at the bad advice they give moms. Because of co-sleeping, he now sleeps like a log for at least 8 hours straight. No crying required! I feel like co-sleeping has just given me my life back. Just felt like telling that to people who would appreciate it...
Co-sleeping doesn't have to ruin everyone's sleep. Though some do sleep lighter than others and babies and toddlers can be wiggle worts in bed. I hear from a lot of parents who are ready to stop co-sleeping as they are ready to get a good nights sleep. When I work with these families we never leave a child (of any age) to cry it out.
Rebecca Michi - Children's sleep consultant.