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co-sleeping

Bed-sharing Pediatrics The sleeping of an infant or child in a parent's bed Pros Intimate contact with parent during critical formative period of infancy Cons Risk of death–±60 occur/yr in the US–due to suffocation, strangulation in bed clothing, or overlying. See Overlying.
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The infant's sleeping location, in particular whether or not they co-sleep with their parents, is associated with night waking.
Yet she is tireless in her attack on people who co-sleep, nurse, limit TV watching, and focus too much attention on their kids.
Parents reported that their son's sleep difficulties had caused considerable distress for them both, particularly when they began allowing their son to co-sleep with them.
Professor Mark Baker, NICE's clinical practice director, said: "We're not telling people not to co-sleep with their babies, but there is an association with SIDS and it's better parents know and make their own judgements.
Some older children who co-sleep have difficulty transitioning to their own bed and will demand to sleep with the parents well past puberty.
Luckily, the types of disturbances most often seen in those who co-sleep are relatively minor, says Dr Carney, such as brief wake-ups and poorer quality of sleep.
Son Gus, 8, left, used to co-sleep with Lange and her husband, but he's since outgrown that stage.
The study did not ask why the choice was made to co-sleep.
We're not telling people not to co-sleep with their babies, we know that could get in the way with breastfeeding, but there is an association with SIDS and it's better that parents should know and make their own judgments," he said.