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What are the advantages and disadvantages of co-sleeping?

Advantages of co-sleeping include: reduced anxiety levels for baby and parent; quicker access to baby, so that soothing or feeding can be done while the baby is still stirring and has not completely woken up, and; less need for 'fuss' (entering the child's room, turning on a light, making noise, etc.) when baby wakes. The main disadvantages of co-sleeping are safety concerns and, for some parents, discomfort and sleep disturbance when sharing a sleeping space with a baby.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Diaper rash

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