Blogging The New York Times: Shhh...My Child Is Sleeping (in My Bed, Um, With Me)

Blogging The New York Times: Shhh...My Child Is Sleeping (in My Bed, Um, With Me)

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Carrie McBride
Oct 29, 2007

Co-sleeping on the rise. An article by Tara Parker-Pope in the Times last week reported new statistics about co-sleeping in America. Co-sleeping was up from 5.5% in 1993 to almost 13% in 2000 (and we'd bet that number is even higher now). Experts also believe that the true numbers are higher because many parents are "closet co-sleepers" - afraid of disapproval from pediatricians and judgment from other parents. Dr. Kathleen Dyer of California State University (Fresno) says that co-sleeping families fall into three categories: intentional co-sleepers who believe the practice aids in breastfeeding and is beneficial to baby's development; reactive co-sleepers who share a bed reluctantly or as a result of financial hardship; and circumstantial co-sleepers who occasionally share a bed on family vacations or during a child's illness. Of most concern, according to Dr. Dyer, is the middle group of reactive co-sleepers for whom the co-sleeping experience can be stressful for both parent and child. Read the full article here. Are you a closet co-sleeper or do you fall into any of the categories above? (Image via BabyReference.)

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