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What is co-sleeping and should I co-sleep?

Globally, co-sleeping (the baby and parent sleeping next to each other) is the most common sleeping arrangement in the world. However, in Western society it is less common, though it has become more popular in recent years. 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 hasn't completely woken up, and; less need for fuss (entering the child's room, lighting 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: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Sleep and newborn babies


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