Co-sleeping and bed sharing date back to the beginning of time. Parents in almost every culture have long considered it a norm to sleep in the same room as their infants, sometimes even in the same bed. Families continue co-sleeping in today's era due to traditional custom, as a personal parenting decision, or because of economic necessity. If you share a room or a bed with your child, there are a few things a sleep expert wants you to know about co-sleeping to help everyone in your family get more rest.
Although I didn't share a bed with my parents, I did sleep in the same room with them until I grew too big for my crib. At that point, I transitioned to co-sleeping with my older sister. I still remember the feeling of safety I had as a child knowing I had someone at arm's reach every night. When my own kids were born, I set up their bassinet in my room, and it didn't take long for them to find their way into what soon became the "family bed." We loved co-sleeping, but it doesn't negate the fact that my husband and I didn't get the best quality of sleep in those years.
Dr. Jose Colón, founder of Paradise Sleep, is dual board-certified in sleep medicine and neurology and specializes in sleep disorders in children and adults. I asked him in a recent interview what advice he had to parents who co-sleep. Here is what a sleep doctor wants you to know.