Co-sleeping (often spelled cosleeping, and also known as bed sharing or having a family bed) is the practice of having your infant in your bed with you during sleep. Co-sleeping promotes breastfeeding and bonding, and it is safer than crib/cot sleeping when practiced correctly. Co-sleeping beyond the breastfeeding years is common in many non-Western cultures, and even in the West many families choose to extend co-sleeping through toddlerhood and well into middle childhood.
Infants and children sleeping in isolation is a recently devised cultural practice to which the human species is not adapted. Our young thrive and grow optimally when they feel safe — in close proximity to familiar, nurturing caregivers — especially during sleep, when they are most vulnerable. Open-minded parents who’ve learned to “think outside the crib” are discovering that co-sleeping is one of the easiest ways to give their children a healthy start in life.
Learn more about co-sleeping…
Dr. James McKenna’s Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory, University of Notre Dame:
Safe Cosleeping Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
The Natural Child Project, co-sleeping articles:
Mothering.com, co-sleeping resources:
Attachment Parenting International, co-sleeping information and advocacy:
CoSleeping page on Facebook
Co-sleeping on Wikipedia:
Last updated: August, 2013