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We did things sort of backwards at our house!<br><br>
My dh was always very against cosleeping, mostly because he is a super light sleeper and has sleeping issues just in general. It was a sore spot but I got over it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I always lovingly rocked my daughter to sleep, or she went voluntarily, never used CIO, etc. Now that she is 1.5, we have started to bring her in bed with us on occasion. It started on a vacation where she was in unfamiliar surroundings and wanted to sleep next to me. now its to the point where on many nights (about 50%) she wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to come in bed with us. My husband is fine with this arrangement, and of course I am too, but I was wondering what the benefits of co sleeping might be -other than a good nights sleep for us- for a child just staring to cosleep at her age? Thanks!
 

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I have no statistics to quote at the moment, but my instinct is that it is still very beneficial for the kids to co-sleep as toddlers. My ds is 26 months and starts out alone in his bed (after he falls asleep with me), but then I usually am in there part way throught the night to nurse and stay the rest of the night with him. Especially if I have to work the next day, I think it's great for him to have the extra parent snuggle time. I also recall seeing a British study quoted that said that that kids that co-slept up until 6 or 7 had higher self esteem.
 

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I remember reading a study about toddlers and older kids who co-sleep being closer to their parents when they get older, and having better relationships with others and better sleep habits. We still co-sleep with our 4 yr old if she gets sick, has a nightmare or has an accident. It's rare but if she needs to be near me I give her what she needs.
 
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