Co-Sleeping With Kids Should Be Normalized According To 7 Out Of 10 Parents, Study Finds

Most parents have no problem sleeping in the same bed as their young children. Actually, 7/10 of people think the behavior should be mainstream instead of being stigmatized (71%).

According to OnePoll research of 2,000 parents of children under ten years old, 78% are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of co-sleeping with their kids, whether it be in the same bed or room.

Co-sleeping makes parents connected to children 

Around 88% of parents say they prefer to co-sleep with their children since it helps them feel more connected to them. Additionally, 62% of parents said they co-sleep because it helps their family sleep better, 62% said it helps their children feel secure and safe, and 62% said it helps them bond (52%).

Clinical psychologist Dr Nicole Amoyal Pensak told StudyFinds,  “I am mostly for flexible parenting in order to meet the needs of each family and reassessing those needs frequently. In the infant stage, preserving sleep is of utmost importance for managing parental mental health and the answer for many may be safe co-sleeping.”

Nicole added that her ideal is to continually reorient the newborn or youngster to solo sleep as they get older. If co-sleeping does occur, my advice is to maintain trying for autonomous sleep, particularly if it is affecting a partner or interfering with the sleep of any family members. Every child should be taught how to go to sleep.

Co-sleeping makes breastfeeding easier

For most new moms (53%), co-sleeping is ideal as it makes breastfeeding easier. According to Mother-Baby Behavior Sleep Laboratory emeritus director at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. James MacKenna, the safest way of co-sleeping with kids is bay breastsleeping or breastfeeding, which carries behavioral and physiological advantages for infant and mother. 

McKenna also adds that breastsleeping prompts more by arousal while sleeping, which can be helpful in minimizing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk. The research said that this could be instrumental in light of a new study in Australia that established a given biomarker that could signal a unique infant susceptibility to SIDS. 

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