co-sleeping

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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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I'm excited to see him coming out with a more balanced approach," says Maureen Sweeney, 32, of Dallas, Texas, who has co-slept with both her children.
Using a concurrent multiple baseline design, Durand, Gernott-Dott, and Mapstone (1996) used bedtime routines with graduated extinction to successfully address night waking in a child with Down syndrome and a child with 7th monosome syndrome who also co-slept, and settling problems in a child with developmental delay and a child with autism.
Critics say neither study differentiated between babies who slept in bed with their parents and those who co-slept on couches or other inappropriate surfaces.